As every part of our lives become increasingly technological based, it is vitally important that the children develop an understanding of the processes behind their screens, that they become digitally literate. 

The phenomenal rate of advancement in the computing world means that it is incredibly difficult to keep up with current hardware and software, but at Hayward's we strive to give our children as much help as they need in understanding the basics, as well as experience using and manipulating different media. 

We want our children to:

  • Become competent users of computing technology and have the confidence to embrace the ever changing technology of the modern world. We want to instil good computing habits and ‘netiquette’

  • Be selective in their use of ICT, deciding when it enhances the learning experience, ahead of alternative forms 

  • Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation

  • Analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems 

  • Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems 

  • Be digitally literate – evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully

  • Become selective in their choice of information sources and to understand that not everything on the internet is valid 

  • Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum

  • Aim to become digital leaders and to support the delivery of the Computing curriculum at Hayward’s


School recently recognised 'Safer Internet Day'. We were fortunate enough to acquire the services of Alan Earl (a leading Internet Safety expert) who came in to talk to the children about the importance of keeping safe online. He also then led a presentation for parents about the importance of working together, with your child, to understand their online world and to set up shared boundaries and expectations. 

Alan Earl - 

In this modern and technology-driven world we all need to be ever vigilant when spending time online; children, especially, need to learn how to cope with the many pitfalls involved with a connected life. A range of activities took place throughout the week which included children producing a record of their digital footprint online;