Peponi House Preparatory School has taken the bold step to implement the new computing curriculum introduced in September 2014. Computing is taught as an individual subject, with the aim of embedding ICT across the curriculum.
Computing integrates the fundamental strands of Computer Science, Information Technology, cyber security, and Digital Literacy. These exciting and progressive units enrich pupils’ educational experiences, empowering the children to participate actively and confidently within the modern technological world. All the children, from Year Two to Year Eight, learn to understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of computer science and to analyse problems in computational terms. As motivated and competent users of information and communication technology, the children develop the skills to evaluate and apply their computing awareness.
The inspiring computing curriculum promotes interaction with a range of hardware and software tools. The wide range of software applications promotes computational thinking and enables the children to use algorithms, as well as, providing a vast scope of screen-based programming tools and programmable toy development opportunities. The children also learn to code and control physical systems interfaces. Specific computing units include: creating eBooks, editing digital images and video, developing computer games, programming animations, generating blogs and apps, producing podcasts, editing and writing HTML, recording data and analysing results and using computational thinking to debug programs.
We feel that technology can be used to make learning both more enjoyable and more effective and that pupils and staff will benefit through learning with ICT, hence the reason for embedding ICT into the curriculum. We aim to keep pace with educational developments in this area and have a commitment to teachers having the necessary tools e.g. laptops and interactive whiteboards and training to do their jobs effectively. Plans are underway to ensure that children are equipped with mobile computing devices for improved accessibility during lessons. We also want to train our students to write custom papers with the help of research paper helpers.
E-Safety is embedded throughout all learning opportunities to ensure that the children use the technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. These computing opportunities equip all of the children with essential skills for their future.