Our curriculum intent for computing is that every child will:
· Know how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
· Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science.
· Gain practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve problems.
Courthouse is committed to ensuring all children have full access to a high-quality computing education. We have a range of excellent resources to support children in their learning across the whole curriculum as well as in their discrete computing lessons. We have a dedicated ICT Suite which each class is timetabled to use each week. In addition, the school also makes use of shared resources such as iPads, laptops and android tablets which can be used within lessons or as part of group work.
The Courthouse Curriculum is largely focused around 3 key areas:
Digital Literacy: using IT purposefully, creatively and safely.
Computer Science: developing computational thinking and programming skills.
Computers, Networks and the Web: understanding how computers, networks and the web function.
Our aim is to support children in becoming confident users of technology who have an understanding of how computers and the web work and have experience of using computational thinking to solve problems by writing programs.
It is a priority for us to teach children how to stay safe online and a considerable amount of curriculum time is dedicated to this.
It is important that the children know that the internet is an extremely useful and time saving resource whilst understanding that, if not used properly, it can have its risks. In computing lessons, we teach children to be SMART when using the internet and we positively reinforce these messages when they are using the internet across the curriculum. Our online safety lessons are taught in every year group and are supplemented with messages in assemblies and with displays around the school. Children learn to use the internet safely, responsibly and how to report any concerns they have.