We aim for our children to be confident, competent and discerning users of digital technology which will prepare them for participation in a rapidly changing world.
We encourage children to develop initiative, independent learning skills and celebrate success.
Our children have opportunities to gain rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
The national curriculum for computing aims 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.
- In line with Naace and ‘Computing at School’ guidance, we have divided the curriculum into three core areas:
- Computer Science (CS) – “[children] are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming”.
- Information Technology (IT) – building on their knowledge and understanding of Computer Science, pupils are “equipped to create programs, systems and a range of content”.
- Digital Literacy (DL) – providing children with the ability to “use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a suitable level for the future workplace and active participants in a digital world”. Computer Science
- Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2
- 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
- Information Technology
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- Digital Literacy
- 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.