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 iPad's 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, computing and coding 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.
Computing and Coding - Consists of using both text based and click selection coding software to design different programmes and solve problems. When coding, the children will use a variety of technology, including iNo-Bots and Beebots. These are robots which the children can manipulate using the iPads.
Internet and Communication - Consists of understanding what the internet is, how it works and its purpose. We also learn how to communicate effectively and safely using different online medias.
We include regular teaching of e-safety during each unit of work as well as an e-safety enrichment day (Internet Safety Day). 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.
Websites to support computing at home:
Home Learning Ideas - Internet Safety