At Gateford Park, we continue to develop a complement of the most up-to-date computers, iPads and other digital equipment. These are used not only to develop the children's computing skills, but also to enhance learning and research in other curriculum areas. Our computing team leaders are Emma Sutton and Paul Mangham. Daniel Webster is the link governor.
Why teach computing?
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 principals 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.
The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
It is vital that children understand the importance of E-Safety and know how to help to keep themselves safe online. Parents and carers need to be aware of the threats that exist. More information can be found by following the links below: