Computing

Computing at Red Hill

Purpose of study:

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 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.

Our subject leader for Computing is:

Miss S Miah

Our essential learning objectives for Computing at Red Hill Primary school are to enable children:

  • To be able to communicate ideas, using applications and devices across the curriculum
  • To be able to code for practical and inventive purposes
  • To be able to connect with others safely and respectfully
  • To be able to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively

There have been changes to the national curriculum in computing that will require staff to teach coding. Staff will undergo initial training in the autumn term to ensure that they understand and are confident teaching unfamiliar components of coding.

There will be changes to the computing curriculum at Red Hill following this and subsequent training.

Whenever possible, we aim to teach the application of computing skills within a cross curricular context to ensure that children find the learning purposeful and meaningful.

Internet safety and responsibility are built into all units of the computing scheme followed at Red Hill.

We have one class bank of iPads and a bank of laptops that are used to support and develop children’s learning across all curriculum areas.

We are developing the role of ‘digital leader’ for some of the older children in the school to support, initially iPad learning, within the school. A class of children have already produced some iPad Application Tutorials which can be viewed, to help other children use some Apps.