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Computing

“I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these 'how' and 'why' questions. Occasionally, I find an answer."

Professor Stephen Hawking

We aim to provide a broad and varied curriculum, which allows pupils to embrace technology and the key principles of computing. We achieve this in a supportive environment, delivering fun and enjoyable lessons that encourage pupils to think for themselves and develop as problem solvers.

The computing curriculum is regularly updated to keep pace with technology and incorporates:

Computer Science: how computers work, how to write algorithms and solve problems to create a computer program.

Information Technology: how data is presented and managed using computers.

Digital Literacy: how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.

The children are taught the basics of coding using Drag’n’Drop programs like Purple Mash software. Programming is taught in every year group with basic coding, starting with Scratch, progressing to a textual based language such as Python. Our curriculum also focuses on e-safety with the aim of empowering our pupils to make their own sensible decisions. We promote the development of e-safety awareness both within school and at home.

There is an extensive computer network within the Ashdown House IT suite, offering a range of desktop computers, iPads and Chromebooks, which are used throughout the school by all subjects to make learning mobile and accessible.