Computing & Online Safety
At Hadrian Park Primary School we are committed to providing all children with a high-quality Computing Education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Computing and ICT. Through a variety of teaching and learning styles we aim to engage, excite and embed learning within this subject. Computing skills are developed through a cross curricular approach using a wide range of apps and computer programmes to support and enhance learning in all subjects. There are three areas of the Computing Curriculum which are outlined below.
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. At Hadrian Park Primary School, we use begin to develop computer science using Beebots and simple coding games. When children are in Key Stage One, they develop their skills using Scratch Junior and a variety of unplugged activities. Moving into Key Stage Two, children further develop using Swift playgrounds, Spheros, Raspberry Pi and Scratch.
Digital Literacy and Information Technology
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. At Hadrian Park Primary School, we use a range of apps, and computer programmes to research, record and present information in a variety of ways. Check out our twitter page @Hadrian_Park to see some of our work. We encourage children and their families to consider the importance of staying safe online through regular updates in school. E-safety is embedded into all technology based activities and is promoted further during Safer Internet Day.
Clubs and Opportunities
In a world where technology is developing at a rapid pace, we aim to encourage and inspire children at Hadrian Park to relish the opportunities Computing can provide. Children in Key Stage Two have the opportunity to apply to become Digital Leader where they are ambassadors for the subject within their class. We also run a Code Club afterschool to encourage and enhance children’s computing skills. This year, we have launched the app SeeSaw as a way for children to record and reflect on learning in a digital portfolio. This is similar to the app Tapestry that is used in Early Years. Currently, We are part of a Local Authority project called the DigiLadies, which is aimed to inspire young girls to pursue a career in technology. Check out our hashtags #HPPSDigiLeaders and #DigiLadies on twitter to explore some of our work further. In order to develop our skills as Teachers, many of staff have become Apple Teachers which provides us with the skills and knowledge to confidently teach using Apple Technology