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Computing

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

 

Teaching & Learning

Computing is an important part of our curriculum and includes computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Skills are taught through our cross curricular themes but the various aspects of computing are also used to support other areas of the curriculum. 

Computer Science: Children learn about algorithms and create and debug simple programs using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. In Key Stage 1, this involves the use of floor robots such as B-Bot to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. In Key Stage 2, children learn to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output. 

Information Technology: Children gain experience of a range of software and learn to 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

Digital Literacy:  Children learn to recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. In Key Stage 2 pupils learn about 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.  They learn how to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private.  Ways to report concerns about content are also taught. Internet Safety forms part of our teaching in PSHE.

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