The importance of computing in real life is reflected in its growing importance in the curriculum. We aim to ensure that the children acquire the confidence and ability to use their computing skills through access to a range of activities, software and hardware.
The 2014 national curriculum introduces a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT. Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines. Computing is a practical subject, in which invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. The ideas of computing are applied to understanding real-world systems and creating purposeful products. This combination of principles, practice and invention makes computing an extraordinarily useful and intensely creative subject, suffused with excitement.
There are three aspects of the computing curriculum:
Computer Science (CS),
Information Technology (IT) and
Digital Literacy (DL)
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming, building on this knowledge and understanding, the pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We have a wide range of computing hardware and software including 15 desktop PC’s in the computing suite, a desktop computer in each classroom and 50 computer tablets shared across the school. To support the teaching of the computing curriculum we use the ‘Switched on Computing’ Scheme of Work.