At Eastergate CE Primary School, we believe that Computing is an integral part of preparing children to live in a world where technology is continuously and rapidly evolving, so much so that children are being prepared to work with technology that hasn't even been developed. For this reason, we feel that it is important that children are able to participate in the creation of these new tools to fully grasp the relevance of and the possibilities of emerging technologies thus preparing them for the world of work.
The National Curriculum has a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media. It makes clear the three aspects of the computing curriculum; computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).
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.
Access to the internet is planned to enrich and extend learning activities in computing and across the curriculum. However, we have acknowledged the need to ensure that all pupils are responsible and safe users of the Internet and other communication technologies both in school and outside. An E-Safety Policy has been designed to protect all parties. To further ensure the safety of the children we will teach each class the rights and responsibilities of using the Internet. A link to the E-Safety Policy can be found on the school website.