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Computing - Teaching and Learning

Children at St Dunstan’s are living in a world where technology has completely changed virtually every aspect of our society over the past few decades, from the way we work to the way we socialise and everything in between. We are teaching computing to prepare them for living and working in a digital society where technology is rapidly developing. Our teaching of Computing 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 computing curriculum is divided in three main areas:
1. Computer Science – How computers and computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed
2. Information Technology – The purposeful use of existing programs to develop products and solutions
3. Digital Literacy- the skills, knowledge and understanding needed in order to participate fully in an increasingly digital world

This allows the children to build a broad and balanced knowledge through experiencing computing in two phases. First is through the teaching of discrete computing skills where children learn how to investigate and program devices, use technology to communicate information in the form of words and graphics, use the Internet safely and effectively, handle data, store and, sort and retrieve information. Secondly, the children are provided with the opportunities to use computing in a cross curricular manner. They are encouraged to think about how computing can support their learning across the curriculum by using and applying the skills they have learnt in the other subject areas.

The successful deliverance of Computing happens because of our very well resourced Computing department. The children have access to a range of computing devices to support their learning. Within the school there is an interactive whiteboard in each classroom, wireless internet connection across the entire school, a bank of Learn Pad tablets and full size laptops in Lower School, and a bank of laptops and IPads in our Upper School. Having these mobile devices allows the teaching and learning of Computing to happen both in the classroom, at any time a child decides Computing will support their learning, and outside of the classroom in other lessons.


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