What is the purpose?
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 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 a digital world (DfE National Curriculum, 2013).
At Halwill school, children also have the opportunity to apply for the position of digital leader. Digital leaders are run similarly to school council with at least 2 representatives per year group (yr 2-6). These children attend regular meetings where we discuss computing at school, what improvements could be made, what has worked well etc. They also get to explore software that they may be using in class so that they are able to support their peers in lessons. Understanding of how to keep themselves safe online is extremely important and this is also an area the digital leaders help to improve; they go out onto the playground and discuss games and apps that the children use at home. If a game or app comes to our attention that we know carries a risk, we can then inform pupils and parents.