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Computing

At Nelson Mandela School we recognise that technology is continuously evolving and our intention is to make sure our pupils are comfortable using a wide range of digital equipment such as laptops, computers and tablets to enhance their learning as they move throughout primary school and into the future. Using these efficiently will enable children to become computer literate and confident in exploring and developing their communication, imagination and creativity skills which are all essential elements of today’s digital world.

 We are fortunate to have a dedicated computer suite, which has a full class set of networked computers. Pupils from year 1 and onwards have their own network ID and from year 3, their own password to logon to the network. There is a wide range of software which is continually monitored and updated as and when required. Nelson Mandela School uses the local authority network for internet access, which has the necessary firewalls and anti-virus security stopping entry to undesirable material.

 In line with the National Curriculum 2014 for Computing, We aim to provide a high quality computing education which has cross curricular links within the curriculum. Our Computing curriculum covers three core principles which include: 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).

 Our school uses the ‘Rising Stars - Switched on Computing’ Scheme of work which helps to ensure that the children have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills and experiences. The curriculum is split into 6 key areas, with the core principles running throughout each area.

 -Algorithms

- Programming and Development

- Data and Data Representation

- Hardware and Processing

- Communications and Networks

- Information Technology

 There is also a huge emphasis on E-Safety, and we work alongside our parents and children to improve the children’s understanding of E-Safety, so that they learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

At Nelson Mandela school we encourage our children to become responsible digital citizens, therefore we strive to promote, model and educate our pupils to use technology in an a positive and safe manner.

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