“Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.”– Simon Peyton-Jones Chairman, Computing At School.
We recognise that Computing is an integral part of daily life and therefore our aim is to teach our children to be confident, effective and safe users of technology. We are passionate about Computing and use mobile technology to engage and excite children across all areas of the curriculum. We are well resourced and our children learn using a variety of devices including Ipads, laptops and desktop books. We continually invest in Computing so that our pupils can learn using the most up to date technologies.
The computing curriculum
In KS1 children are taught to:
- understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
In KS2 children are taught to:
- design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Keeping our children safe online is our highest priority. In addition to teaching Online Safety during our weekly computing lessons, we also use a sequence of work which we follow every half term to ensure that there is consistent coverage across the school. We also take part in Safer Internet Day.
Computing clubs and events
In addition to technology focused after school clubs, we run a regular weekly Code Club where children can work on their own projects and further develop their programming skills.
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As a school, we also take part in the annual Hour of Code (a worldwide event) which promotes coding and encourages children to explore coding further using a range of enticing games.