The new National Curriculum started in September 2014 with big changes for what was previously known as ICT! Computing is the subject title that now covers the teaching and learning of specific computer skills, with an increased focus on computer programming. Links to the computing curriculum can be found at the bottom of this page.
The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of our curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. Computers, IPad’s, notebooks, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Highfield Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively.
We believe that ICT and computing:
- Gives pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials.
- Can present information in new ways which help pupils understand access and use it more readily.
- Can motivate and enthuse pupils.
- Can help pupils focus and concentrate.
- Offers potential for effective group working.
- Has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.
Our aims in teaching computing are that all children will:
- Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils.
- Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for ICT and computing.
- Use ICT and computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
- To respond to new developments in technology.
- To equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their later life.
- To enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and computing.
- To develop the understanding of how to use ICT and computing safely and responsibly.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
Keeping your child safe on the internet is something we take extremely seriously. We discuss e-safety regularly in class and through assemblies.
The Vodafone digital parenting magazine is an excellent resource for parents on all aspects of e-safety.
You can also download a comprehensive guide covering many aspects of e-safety here:
Trafford Netware support
Netware is a parents’ guide to the social networks children and young people use. Please visit www.net-aware.org.uk for more information.