The core of computing is computer science, in which children 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, children become 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
Many areas of the previous subject, ICT (Information and Communications Technology) are the same as computing although the subject now contains an increased emphasis on children’s ability to write, debug and evaluate programs. Children use a range of software to create algorithms and solve problems, including: coding software.
We develop children’s understanding and awareness of being safe, respectful and responsible when using the internet and different softwares.
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.
Appropriate emphasis is also placed on using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. The school has a subscription to Gooseberry Planet, which provides both and teachers the opportunity to support safe internet use. The whole school focuses on E-safety with a special day once a term to ensure are regularly equipped to deal with such issues in a changing world.