At Willowcroft Community School we believe that in order to develop leaders and innovators of tomorrow, our children must be equipped with the skills for the 21st century. According to Piaget: "The principal goal of education in schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” In all year groups we aim to develop Computing skills, building upon previous experiences and developing them further. We also aim to introduce new experiences to help further their enjoyment of ICT, such as using animation, photography and a new found favourite: programming.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. 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, 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.
Computers and other technological aids are used throughout the school. Computing skills are taught as a discrete subject and as a means of supporting other areas of the curriculum. The children are encouraged to communicate ideas and information in a variety of forms, where appropriate, using equipment and computer software to enhance their learning. A big emphasis of the computing curriculum is e-safety. This is taught constantly throughout the year in all Computing lessons and links in to PSHE.
We have 2 portable laptop trolleys, which consist of 30 laptops in each trolley. Each class has a dedicated time each week in order to deliver a discrete lesson. As well as this dedicated time, computing skills and practise are incorporated into other areas of the curriculum and children are given time to develop computing skills outside of the discrete Computing sessions. We also have 40 iPads throughout the school which are used to enhance the children’s learning.
We encourage the children to experience computing through a variety of different topics and allow them the opportunity to share and develop their understanding. We have a large emphasis on e-safety which is included in every Computing lesson and our PSHE lessons. As well as teaching e-safety at school, we also encourage good practice at home. It is our school policy that both parents and children share, read, then agree to follow the E-Safety Code of Conduct.