Computing

Computers and technology have become an essential part of our daily lives. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.

In order for Computing to be taught to be effectively at New Monument, we have 30 computers in our spacious suite, interactive screens in every classroom and a set of 8 Learn Pads for each class from Reception to Year 6. Our younger chidlren begin their computing learning by exploring programming using Bee-Bots. We also have access to fantastic software and online resources such as: 

  • Scratch 
  • Discovery Education Espresso 
  • Lego Education 

We have a strict internet safety policy. At New Monument, we feel that children should be taught the skills to use technology respectful, responsibly and safely. Throughout the school year we hold workshops and events for our families to help them better understand what they can do to help keep our children safe online. 

To help ensure we are providing clear progression for our children, we use some aspects of the Switched On Computing scheme from Rising Stars. This maps out clear sequences of lessons and exposes children to a range of software.