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, 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 Riversdale Primary School, our aim is that by the end of their time with us, children are able to support and enrich their learning through the use of technology. We are committed to creating a computing curriculum that is linked to class topics. We have used a wide range of resources as a basis to achieve this goal whilst providing staff with the flexibility to teach to the needs and interests of the pupils. Computing is integrated throughout the wider curriculum and the school is well resourced, with a range of equipment such as computers, laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards.
In computing lessons, we use a range of programmes such as ‘Scratch’ to teach children key programming skills. We therefore encourage parents/carers to make use of this incredible free tool at home. Please visit https://scratch.mit.edu to find plenty of free resources to help you and your child gain a better understanding of computer programming.
The concept of eSafety is at the forefront of the Riversdale computing curriculum and with this in mind, it is the first topic covered each academic year. This is to ensure that children are reminded of how to keep themselves safe, before commencing any further computing study. In order to keep online safety at the core of computing teaching, children will revisit this at several points throughout the year, with lessons tailored to the needs of the pupils.
Each year the school hosts Safer Internet Day, where the children discuss the importance of online safety and their role within this, in an age appropriate manner. It is a very important day within the school calendar, as we believe that in the current climate, children must be armed with the skills to keep themselves and others safe.
Concerned about Online Safety?
Please visit our Useful Links page where you can find a link to the parent section of the ThinkUKnow website where you can find guidance about how you can keep your child dafe online. Additionally, look out for the Online Safety Guide of the Month on our Newsfeed, in which we share with you the key information that all parents/carers need to know about the different apps and websites that are becoming popular with children across the globe.
Please find our Computing policy below: