With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. At Langford the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including PCs, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology.
We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can:
- Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
- Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
At Langford we take internet safety extremely seriously. We have an Internet Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe when using technology. We also have two representatives from each class in Key Stage 2 on our internet safety panel, ‘Networkers In Action’ (NIA). The NIAs teach the rest of the school about digital literacy and e-safety. They work closely with our School Council and behaviour panel, developing the skills of others and monitoring the use of technology in the school.
You may find the following links useful to help your child stay safe online at home: