Teaching & Learning Computing
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
At Dundonald we want pupils to 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.
In the Early Years children are encouraged to recognise how a range of technology is used safely in places such as homes and schools. They also select and use technology for particular purposes. As they progress to Key Stage One they are taught how to use more advanced technology – programmable toys, coding programs, a range of movie making software and word processing software – safely and respectfully. In Key Stage 2 the children have access to a wider range of technology that challenges their computational thinking and stretches their creativity in a safe and respectful environment. Examples include making their own: programs / apps, websites, vector graphics, clay motions, movies, spreadsheets, presentations and databases.
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work.
Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. When appropriate; we strive to utilise these links to develop the children’s digital literacy. 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.
Children are increasingly using the Internet at a younger and younger age. Whilst this brings a range of exciting learning opportunities we, as teachers and parents, need to be proactive and teach them how to use the web sensibly and be safe online. Our Internet access provider (LGFL) operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials and all children use Kidrex (a child friendly search engine) to further reduce this risk.
Each class studies Internet Safety in the autumn term. This knowledge and understanding is then applied to all subjects that use online technology throughout the rest of the academic year.
Dundonald supports Zip it, Block It – the Click Clever, Click Safe Code; a code that features three simple and memorable actions to remember that has been developed by UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). In addition the school supports and embeds the S M A R T rules from ThinkUKnow.co.uk/Childnet.
The user agreements – that have been signed by children, parents and staff – are also revised every half term with the children.
- EYFS/Year 1 Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement
- Year 2/3 Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement
- Year 4/5/6 Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement
Please find out more about our online safety curriculum in our Online Safety Policy.
For further details of what your child will be doing in Computing this term please refer to their year group’s Medium Term Plan.