Computing is an integral part of pupil’s life at Coopers Lane. We have a computing suite with iMacs, a set of iPads in every classroom, as well as a range of other technologies to support learning across the curriculum. Computing at Coopers Lane is made up of three elements:
Computer Science – teaches the pupils the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Information Technology – pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Digital Literacy – ensures that pupils are 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.
Key Stage 1
In Computer Science, our children are taught what algorithms are and how they are implemented. This is taught through lots of work on instructions, using floor robots and various programming apps on the iPads. Through this work, the children also learn how to create and debug simple programs.
In Information Technology, our children use a range of programs purposefully to create, store, retrieve, organise and manipulate digital content.
Digital Literacy has a strong presence throughout all of our work in Computing. We teach the children how to use technology safely and respectfully. We also teach them where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. We take great care to safeguard all our children against inappropriate online content and we ask all pupils to read and sign an agreement to ensure they understand how to use ICT safely. You can visit the pupil’s computing page to see our computing rules and the e-safety agreements.
Key Stage 2
In Computer Science, our children learn how to write, design and create programs. We now use Sphero and Scratch to complete the vast majority of our programming work. Children also investigate and explore concepts such as the World Wide Web, the internet and search engines. This year we have been linking our coding into our wider curriculum, producing art work and design projects.
What is an algorithm? by a Year 6 child.
In Information Technology, our children use a range of programs purposefully to create and design digital content. They also learn how to collect, present, analyse and evaluate information and data.
Digital Literacy has a strong presence throughout all of our work in Computing. We build upon the children’s previous knowledge to ensure they know to how to use technology responsibly and to identify acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. We also make them aware of the range of ways to report concerns about content. We take great care to safeguard all our children against inappropriate online content and we ask all pupils to read and sign an agreement to ensure they understand how to use ICT safely. You can visit the pupil’s computing page to see our computing rules and the e-safety agreements.