Petts Hill Primary School

Petts Hill
Primary School

Computing

Our ambition for every learner:

Petts Hill Primary teaches a high-quality computing education program that equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and solve problems. The core of computing is computer science, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to program them. This will enable the children to become digitally literate at a level suitable for their future studies and as active participants in the digital world.

The children at Petts Hill are taught computing through the scheme - Switched On Computing. This scheme provides opportunities for pupils to develop computational thinking, program and de-bug software, learn about computer networks and to be creative using a range of digital media (text, audio, video, blogging). At Petts Hill we want children to become independent users of computing, gaining confident and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child.

We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can:

  • Understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience in writing computer programs
  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

What we do to achieve these ambitions:   

At Petts Hill, Computing is taught in discreet computing lessons and applied throughout the curriculum. The curriculum is planned and delivered based on Switched on Computing. It includes:

  • Units of work set out clearly outlining learning to be achieved, including vocabulary for all children to master and expected outcomes;
  • Discreet lessons where the children are able to develop depth in knowledge and skills over the duration of each topic;
  • Lessons which focus on curriculum skills of information technology, digital literacy and computer science;
  • Units of work comprised of a series of lessons, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
  • Lessons are not always taught in isolation but where possible meaningful linked are made between Computing to other areas of the curriculum
  • Access to a wide variety of hardware (laptops, desktops, IPad) and software, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn, while also becoming proficient, confident users ready for the digital world.

  How we measure our success: 

Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
  • Pupil discussions about their learning;
  • Children are able to understand and communicate the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
  • Self-assessment completed against set criteria for each unit
  • A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school
  • Children are digitally literate.

Internet Safety:

Petts Hill Primary takes internet safety extremely seriously. We have an E- Safety Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe when using technology. 

You may find the following links useful to help your child stay safe online at home: 

Understanding social networking sites and how to keep your children safe.

Common sense media

Great advice to help keep your children safe online.

Think U Know

Safety information for the whole family.

Microsoft Protect

Report any illegal content on the internet.

Internet Watch

Keep up to date with any e-safety issues.

ChildNet

Safety information for parents.

Safer Internet

Information on gaming safely with resources for parents and children.

Get Game Smart

Understand and share the world of social networking websites with your children.

Make it Secure

we also have a page on our website to help be safe online, click here to read 
For more information on the programmes of study for Computing click below:

Programmes of Study for Computing