We believe that Computing is an essential part of the curriculum and is an integral element of all learning. Our computing curriculum supports all children to develop a wide range of skills and understanding that they will need in the future as part of the digital age in which they live. Our intention is to provide them with a learning environment which contributes to the development of these skills and to give them access to suitable, up-to-date equipment and emerging technologies.
All children are taught to use technology safely and respectfully with a strong emphasis on the positive aspects of technology but, at the same time, how to avoid and safeguard against potential hazards.
Education is concerned with the development of the whole person and it is a collaborative responsibility of home and school. Our intention is that the Computing and ICT skills we teach all our children will instil within them a fervour to explore beyond the classroom and empower them to utilise these tools to help them in their life journey.
Our Computing Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum computing aims which are to ensure that all pupils:
Key Stage 1 including Early Years (Years R, 1, 2)
Children will be learning about algorithms This will involve working with programmable toys (floor robots) and with computer programs. Algorithm may sound like a very grown-up word but it is simply the name for a set of instructions. They will learn how to identify and fix mistakes (bugs and debugging) in simple programs that they have created themselves; this helps to develop logical reasoning skills. Pupils will continue to use 'traditional' programs such as spreadsheets, desktop publishing, word-processing and multi-media applications to “create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content”.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6): Older pupils will be creating and debugging more complex programs and learning about such concepts as variables and “sequence, selection, and repetition in programs”. They will continue to develop their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites and other internet services, including finding out about the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web! They will learn how devices can be used for collecting, analysing and presenting back data and information. In addition, as in Key Stage 1, pupils will continue to use 'traditional' programs' as in Key Stage 1.