At Holywell Primary School, we believe the ability to use Computing effectively is an essential life skill in modern society. Our aim is to produce learners who are confident and effective users of Computing. We believe that all pupils have an entitlement to the Computing curriculum regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social class or special learning needs and we will ensure that our provision meets the needs of all learners.
Through teaching computing we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
As the aims of computing are to equip children with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners, the teaching style that we adopt is as active and practical as possible. While at times we do give children direct instruction on how to use hardware or software, the main emphasis of our teaching in computing is for individuals or groups of children to apply computing skills learnt across the curriculum.
We aim to provide a full range of technology to prepare children for the world of work, providing them with a broad experience of software, hardware, devices and operating systems. In class children are taught to use tablets, laptops, cameras and audio recorders to solve problems and achieve specific goals. As they gain confidence they select appropriate technology with more independence.
SWITCHED ON computing content is divided into six areas: programming, computational thinking, creativity, computer networks, communication/collaboration and productivity. Each area ensures progression of skills and aptitudes in Computing by providing a minimum entitlement of opportunities for each year group which maintain appropriate challenge.