“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.” National Curriculum 2014
At Earlswood we believe that a good computing capability, or digital literacy, is an essential skill for life. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, when used safely and correctly it can enable children to improve their learning and eventually participate fully in a rapidly changing world.
The National Curriculum for Computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Throughout their time at Earlswood, pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including Chromebooks, iPads, interactive whiteboards, Beebots and Probots, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. Through the platform of Purple Mash alongside other programmable devices, pupils develop their ideas and create a range of digital content accompanied by learning the foundations of how computers and computer systems work.
This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves successfully and confidently and develop their ideas through information and computer technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world, whatever their cultural or economic backgrounds. We aim to give our children opportunities to use technology in a wide range of lessons, just as it is used in all areas across society.
Online safety is interwoven throughout every lesson to highlight its importance in modern society as using the internet safely and well can give children rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
Our overall aim is to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Computing and to encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive Computing in the context of a wider body of knowledge. Pupils should ideally become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting lifelong study and the pursuit of personal interests.