At Washingwell we provide a high quality education which 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. 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 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 the digital world.
Our school bases the core work in computing around the National Curriculum which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data presentation
- 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 and unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
Computing is also important as it is used to further support and enrich learning in all areas of the curriculum. Washingwell has 60 mobile laptops and 60 i-pads, which are moved throughout the school. Each classroom has a laptop, video linked data projector, visualiser and an interactive whiteboard as valuable learning resources.