We educate our computer scientists to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become determined, creative and resilient in the digital world. We equip them to use computational thinking and creative thinking to understand and change the world. The curriculum teaches them the key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Our computer scientists have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems and use programs and equipment they might not have access to at home.
By the time they leave Pippins, our computer scientists will have gained the key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages which can be applied today and in their future learning.
Our curriculum is divided into 4 main themes: computing systems and networks, creating media, data and information and programming each unit being taught once or twice each year. Further information about the content of our curriculum can be downloaded from the documents at the bottom of the page.
Computing Units of Work
Technology is changing at a rapid pace and the way in which our computer scientists use the internet is also changing. We teach them how to use the internet safely and responsibly and how to find support if they need help or if anything worries or upsets them. We discuss issues and hypothetical scenarios to help them to make the right decisons. We use the eight aspects of online education as identified in Education for a Connected World 2020, to deliver an empowering curriculum promoting the development of safe and appropriate online behaviour.
- Self-image and identity
- Online relationships
- Online reputation
- Online bullying
- Managing online information
- Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
- Privacy and security
- Copyright and ownership.
We have a computer suite with 29 work stations connected to the printer/copier and a smart board for presentations and teaching purposes. All computers are networked and a robust wireless system gives access to the internet and school network.
Web based homework, competitions and activities are available to children to access from home i.e. Education City, Times Table Rock Stars and Sumdog. Teachers also regularly update the school website with web links to specific topic work and core subject work to enhance children’s learning at home.
Computers are well used throughout the school by children of all ages in class and through regular sessions in the computer suite.
Each class has an interactive white board for teaching and learning purposes connected to the teachers PC and also most classes have an additional laptop for children to use.
Individual laptops are available for use in class by some children who have specific SEND.