All pupils at Hadrian have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Hadrian Primary, we teach all three elements of computing: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Hadrian Primary School we value the contribution that ICT can make for the benefit of all pupils, staff, parents, governors and the wider community. Our aim is to provide an ICT rich environment which allows pupils to gain the confidence and ability to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
We have 3 aims that underpin our vision:
At Hadrian Primary School we believe that in order for our children to leave as 'Digital Leaders' then the teachers must lead by example. Teachers at Hadrian must complete CPD training on computing as well as becoming an Apple Teacher. We are proud to say that all teachers at Hadrian Primary are now Apple Teachers and are all capable of using iPads and technology equipment. By completing training on how to use computers, various equipment and iPads, teachers now feel confident in teaching the next generation of Digital Leaders.
The computing co-ordinator also completes training with all staff on relevant APPs or new programmes such as Seesaw to ensure that staff are confident in their use of technology.
At Hadrian Primary School, we follow a progression framework set out by South Tyneside to ensure that all of the children leave Hadrian with the skills in which they need for the future. This progression framework is then used to create a scheme of work for each year group which builds on the previous years' skills. This enables children to become advanced in the skills in computing across the three aspects of computing and it also enables teachers to build on prior knowledge. Children must master all of those skills in their year group in order to progress to the next stage - this enables us to keep high standards at Hadrian for computing.
Here at Hadrian we also believe that computing can enhance our learning and teaching and so we try to use computing in as many subjects as possible. Not only do we ensure that our basic skills are paramount to our computing skills, but we ensure that we can, as teachers, enhance our teaching by using technology in all aspects of the curriculum. By allowing technology to be used across the curriculum, children can see the benefits of becoming computer literate for the future. By implementing computing this way we also enable the children to show how creative they can be (as this is a huge part of Hadrian School). Children may create a news report in English with the purpose being that they will make a real report using iMovie and perform their writing; children may explain how something works in science by creating a Spark Video and uploading this to our school website. Ultimately we are trying to implement computing not only into our computing lessons, but across every aspect of our curriculum at Hadrian and into every day life.
To achieve our 3 aims we will:
Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. We use the South Tyneside Progression Framework in KS1 and KS2 to keep a track on children's learning. We can monitor which skills in all three elements of computing by highlighting the skills in which the children have mastered. This also enables us to plan in intervention or clubs to support those children who are not meeting the standards, but it can also inform us, as a school, who are the children which are excelling in computing and they can be pushed to the next stage and become our 'Hadrian Digital Leaders'.
In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
By the end of their time at Hadrian, children should feel confident in using technology and should be able to keep themselves safe. Children will have a sound knowledge of up to date technology and how it can be used to enhance the curriculum and their learning. Children will ultimately leave Hadrian ready for the future.
We were asked by Dfe and London Grid for learning to be part of the Ed Tech Demonstrator Team.
We were thrilled to be asked and we trained over 40 schools in the use of Google Tools and Google Classroom.
We presented to the Local Authority as well as a National Hub.
Digital Leaders is a computing club with the aim of educating students about a whole host of online skills in the hope that they can go on to become Digital Leaders in their classroom. Being a Digital Leader means children may be asked to help around the school with various technical problems as well as educating students and teachers about skills they may need in the future.
Do you want to start programming at home?
These free apps are great for tablets
Daisy the Dinosaur
Scratch JR (a start to programming for our Infant children)
Hour of Code
If you have a computer or laptop with internet access you can get a free download of the programming software Scratch that we will be using in school at
Highly addictive! Watch out Bill Gates!