The development of Information and Communications Technology is changing at home and in the community and pervades every aspect of our lives.
The impact of ICT on the lives of our pupils continues to grow and it is essential that they can take advantage of ICT opportunities and understand its effects, so that in the future they will be confident and competent users.
The key areas of the computing Primary National Curriculum are computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
Computer science is at the heart of our teaching of computing. It helps children of all ages to understand how computers and networks work.
It is underpinned by computational thinking: logical reasoning, solving problems, and being creative. We teach computing skills discretely and then apply these skills to purposeful, meaningful tasks and problems relating to the child's current topic.
Information Technology is about the use of technology to build, create and search content.
Children at Hanover have access to laptops, including Chromebooks, and iPads. We make use of these in all curriculum areas, as well as in regular Computing lessons. All staff and children are now confident in using the applications of Google Suite. We intend to use these to develop learning across the curriculum.
Digital Literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
With an online learning platform where all children have usernames, passwords and access to collaborative learning environments, Hanover has an infrastructure where we can teach children to use computers and online resources safely, responsibly and communicate kindly, and to develop an understanding of how to stay safe online.