IT and Computing
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use and apply information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Westbury Park Primary School pupils are taught using google applications via G-suite: docs (word processing), slides (presentation), drawing, sheets (databases), forms (questionnaires) and utilise Google classroom as an online classroom to set work and announcements in class, for assessment and to set homework. Children are also taught with a range of online resources such as Espresso Coding. This software enables children to be taught effective computing skills for life in word processing and formula writing alongside more specific skills in coding and programming. Each child has access to the internet and is taught how to use it appropriately and safely alongside how search engines and websites operate. Internet safety is taught regularly at an age appropriate level and forms the basis of all Computing learning. Children are also taught about vocabulary linked to computing and key skills for life including touch typing. Computing is also cross-curricular, progressing children's learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Computing is also taught discretely via a specialist PPA provider for 3 terms per academic year, complementing our school’s use of technology.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Each part of the Computing curriculum is reviewed by the subject leader.