Computing is an integral part of our everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. At Revoe Learning Academy, we aim to equip all of our children with computational thinking skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing. As computing technology underpins today’s modern lifestyle, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
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 and design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine technology. With deep links to Mathematics, Science and Design Technology children’s curiosity and skills develop through exploring Lego Robots and programming external devices such as Code Bugs and Crumble 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. While all the basics IT skills are covered, the children’s experience soon develops and so at RLA children are beginning to blog, make web pages, create computer games and animations and work collaboratively on documents through Google Classroom and Purple Mash.
At present, each classroom contains at least two networked PCs and a teacher’s laptop linked to an interactive SMART Board. We have a dedicated Computing Suite with over 30 PC’s and children in Year 4 - 6 are provided with individual Chromebook to support our Blended Learning Offer. Children in Year 2 and 3 have access to a suite of Chromebooks and MacBooks and each Year 1 class has their own bank of iPad’s. Every device in the school is linked to our newly upgraded filtered broadband connection. We have a team of dynamic ‘Digital Leaders’ recruited from amongst our Key Stage 2 pupils who have responsibility for investigating new technology, promoting online safety and supporting teaching and learning across the school.
We believe that it is imperative our children are aware of the benefits and risks of the internet and how to safeguard themselves in this area. To prepare our children for an ever-changing digital world, we undertake e-Safety lessons, participate in Safer Internet Day activities, have talks from our PCSOs and take part in statutory RSHE lessons surrounding Computing and e-Safety. Our children are taught to ask for help if they are ever unsure of something that they see online, whether at home or at school. We work collaboratively with parents and carers to ensure that their knowledge is up to date and that they can safeguard their children while using technology at home. Additionally, in key stage 2 we use Google’s Be Internet Legends scheme to support our teaching of e-Safety.