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Computing

Computing is taught both as a subject in its own right and through other curriculum areas. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. 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.

The children have access to computers within all classrooms, and these are used to support their learning throughout the curriculum. All workstations are part of a school network that enables the sharing of work and other files, and this is supplemented by a number of ipads available for work in classrooms and linked by a wireless network. The school has a broadband Internet connection, and this is used in conjunction with the school's guidelines to enable the children to research information and communicate using e-mail.

In Key Stage 1, the children use ICT to develop their ideas and make things happen, for example by using a floor turtle or a word processing package. They talk about the different ways ICT is used inside and outside school and use software packages to support their learning in other areas.

In Key Stage 2 children expand their use of ICT and use it to support their work in other curriculum areas. They use ICT to refine their ideas and enhance their presentation, combining and reorganising information from different sources, and use ICT to communicate information, including through e-mail. They also use ICT to control devices such as screen turtles, to monitor events and to explore simulations.

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