The computing curriculum at our school intends to develop children’s computational thinking as well as helping children to know how to access technology in a safe and enriching way. We want to enable children to develop their thinking to allow them to access technology that is continually evolving and changing, and to become a responsible part of the digital world.
Children should understand both the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, and strive to become respectful and confident users of technology. This includes knowing how to keep themselves and others safe online.
The national curriculum for computing outlines that primary aged children should be 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.
- 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.
This is delivered to the children through a dynamic school curriculum designed to meet the needs of all children throughout their primary education. Children are taught to code computers through Block Coding, Python and HTML; they are taught online safety in line with CEOPS guidance; and they learn digital literacy through access to computers, iPads and associated programs, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.