Computing at Lynch Hill is integral to the teaching and learning of the whole school community. We see Computing as an essential factor to raising standards and achievements across the curriculum. As a result, Lynch Hill is very well resourced and able to provide pupils with access to a range of hardware and software, from Foundation to Key Stage 2.
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 use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programmes, systems and a range of content. The Computing provision also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We believe in helping children acquire the skills necessary to prepare them to use the technologies of the 21st Century. Therefore, Computing is used effectively to encourage learners to be confident, capable, collaborative and creative users of ICT. Of course, use of the internet is essential - therefore, pupils are well informed and know how to follow e-Safety rules to use the internet safely.
Teachers make use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to support independent learning activities. The Foundation Stage enjoys their virtual classroom – ‘Busythings’, while Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 learners use ‘Education City’. Children in years 5 and 6 are introduced to Edmodo for homework, discussions and emails. Teachers also communicate their high expectations, enthusiasm and passion of the subject to the pupils. They always assess the skills of the children and guide them on how to improve.