The digital landscape in which our children are growing up is an ever expanding and changing one. There are a myriad of exciting and innovative new avenues of learning that our children are presented with both at school and in the wider world. At Trevor-Roberts we aim to create responsible, thoughtful, inquisitive and enthusiastic digital citizens.
We provide a high-quality computing education equipping pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has strong 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 empowered to use information technology to create programmes, systems and a range of content. At Trevor-Roberts the computing curriculum 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.
Sextus learn how to edit Excel spreadsheets
Our ICT suite enables pupils to learn in a dedicated environment
Computing is taught as a curriculum subject in our ICT suite from Septimus up to Medius and Transitus. From the start the children are introduced to programming, problem solving and algorithms at a level suitable for their age. We use a variety of tools and programmes to enhance the children’s learning. We start with programmable toys such as Bee-bots in Septimus, advancing to Scratch, Python and eventually we use Arduino software to programme the DIY Gamers they construct in Medius/Transitus. Throughout this time they will also be developing core computing skills through the use of word processing, gathering and managing data with spreadsheets and presentations.
The use of computers can be an asset to enhance learning across the curriculum and the children are encouraged to use digital resources creatively and to access information for themselves in all subjects. Whether making stop motion animations with our iPads for Art or researching the future of energy production and the alternatives to fossil fuels for Science. Giving the children the knowledge, skills and confidence to do so are lessons they will be able to take with them through their lives.
An important part of our job as educators is to teach our children how to interact with the digital world safely and responsibly. Social media and online gaming are becoming more and more prevalent in our daily lives. Children need to be taught to respect and understand the pitfalls that can befall any unwary traveller in this exciting new landscape. To this end we view the teaching of e-safety as fundamental to our children’s learning. We use the UK Council for Child Safety advice to aid us in this process. We ask parents to support the school throughout this process as a shared responsibility for our pupils.