Computers and technology are now part of everyday life. We believe that a comprehensive knowledge of computer science and technology is essential to understanding the world in which we live.
At Handcross, technology is at the core of everything we do. We are fortunate enough to have enough iPads for every child in our school. We use these in all areas of the curriculum to help our pupils to make progress.
There are three main strands of the computing curriculum: digital literacy, computer science and internet and communication.
Digital Literacy - consists of selecting and using different software and hardware to collect, analyse and present information, as well carry out specific tasks. Examples of these are: creating films on iMovie, writing presentations based on something learnt in a topic, editing and manipulating pictures for different purposes, word processing and using apps to enhance learning experiences, such as Seesaw. Through digital literacy, children are able to express themselves through different technological mediums.
Computer Science - consists of using both text based and click selection coding software to design different programs and solve problems. When coding, the children will use a variety of technology, starting with cod-a-pillars, moving onto Beebots and iNo-Bots. Each of these digital systems are robots which the children can manipulate using the robot itself, or communicate through code whilst using the iPads.
Internet and Communication - consists of understanding what the internet is, how it works and its purpose. We learn how to communicate effectively and safely using different online medias. The children develop the understanding of how information and communication technology, such as search engines, work and build on this knowledge to create their own content.
Being safe whilst using different technologies is our priority. As society develops, we understand that the use of technology and social media is becoming more prevalent in younger people. We include regular teaching of internet safety during each unit of work and have an internet safety enrichment day yearly. This ensures that children feel confident when using computers and the internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable.