At Rush Common School, we use a range of hardware and software to aid learning in all curriculum areas and to meet the needs of children growing up in a digital age. We use National Curriculum programmes of study, including all three elements: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy to develop a cross curricular approach within classroom teaching. Where possible, Computing is integrated into other curriculum areas rather than taught discretely.
We teach online safety lessons throughout the year to help children understand how to keep safe online. They are taught how to make responsible choices about their online identity; to be careful about the information they share online; to understand what cyber-bullying is and to be considerate of others when using the internet; how to protect information and devices and how to seek help when they feel uncomfortable or are concerned.
Safeguards are in place in relation to internet access through the use of the RM SafetyNet filtering system.
We aim to ensure that pupils:
- are able to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident, critical and creative users of information and communication technology.