“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”
– National Curriculum, Computing
Sherington Primary School believes that every aspect of the curriculum is as important as the other. We take pride in our computing curriculum and the rich learning experience it provides our children. Our curriculum has deep links with other subjects, especially our humanities topics and design technology, to ensure that children understand how computing links to many other areas of learning.
Sherington recognises that information technology (IT) and the internet are excellent tools for learning, communication and collaboration. These are accessible within the school for enhancing the curriculum, to challenge pupils, and to support creativity and independence. Using IT to interact socially and share ideas can benefit everyone in the school community but it is important that the use of IT and the internet is understood and used appropriately. An important part of computing learning is how to be safe whilst using the internet. For more information on e-safety, click here.
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to good use through programming. Computing also ensures that children are able to use, communicate and develop ideas in the digital word. Children do not just learn how to use software but also learn how the software is made. Children will be creating programs and debugging (solving problems with their programs) as well as using logical reasoning to predict the outcomes. Computing language can be complex but children will learn and understand terms as part of their lessons. For more on programming and coding, click here.
Sherington believes resourcing technology is important and have a specialist computing teacher. All classes have access to our computing suite which is equipped with 30 touch screen computers, high quality software and hardware and even a 3D printer. All children have access to iPads and all KS2 classes have their own class set.
Year 6 Oscars
Every year, we hold Sherington’s annual Oscar Ceremony at Greenwich Picture House. The year 6 students have the opportunity to work within small groups to create a four-minute film for the Year 6 Oscars. Every year a theme is chosen that allows them to draw upon the geography and history of Greenwich, and knowledge learnt through our humanities curriculum. Year 6 children will work to each member’s skills and character strengths to create something special that showcases all they have developed in computing lessons during their time at Sherington. The children will be given opportunities to use the Green Screen and Adobe effects and are encouraged to be as creative as possible. The morning starts with the children being driven to the Picture House, gliding down the red carpet (borrowed from the BAFTAs) to a glass of fizzy grape juice, and hearing live music performances. They experience the viewing of their fantastic films on the big screen, which ends with an awards ceremony.