Computing is an essential skill in the modern world.

At SMSP, we use the National Curriculum as the starting point for all of our teaching in Computing. The National Curriculum aims for Computing are that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems;
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

All children at SMSP have the opportunity to work with computers and digital equipment from Reception to Year 6 and are taught the skill of computational thinking. They are taught how to use ICT tools safely to find, explore, analyse and present information responsibly and creatively in order to enhance their learning across the curriculum. They are taught how computers and computational systems work. They design and build programs and are given the opportunity to develop their ideas using technology.

Younger children are given hands-on experience with products such as Bee-bots, digital cameras, remote controlled cars and touch-screen technology. Further up in the school, children have the opportunity to create digital artwork and videos; use the Internet to research and publish work; collect, analyse and present data using a range of software; and design and program their own games and apps.

In addition to children learning specific computing skills, they have the opportunity to apply their learning across the curriculum. We are well-resourced with IT hardware: class computers, a Computing suite and several class sets of iPads and chrome books. At times, we call on the expertise of IT specialists to enhance and support the children’s learning.

Teaching online safety is high priority across the school. Lessons include regular teaching of online safety to ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the internet. Children are taught how to protect their online identity and what to do if they come across something inappropriate or that makes them feel uncomfortable. The school also participates in the annual National Safer Internet Day.

By the time children leave SMSP they will have developed a broad range of the transferable skills and knowledge required to succeed in our increasingly technologically centred world. Children will have a solid foundation in the skills needed to adapt to future developments in this area. All children will have equal access to high quality computing resource, regardless of their home circumstances.