At Blackfell Primary School, we believe that Computing is an integral part of preparing children to live in a world where technology is continuously and rapidly evolving. Computing has many links across the curriculum: literacy, mathematics, science, art, history, geography, PSHE and design and technology. Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate, able to use and understand elements of technology, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology (ICT) at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Expectations of teaching and learning of Computing in the National Curriculum (2013) are split into three strands (Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology). It is therefore important that children recognise the difference between what makes each one relevant to their future, as well as their everyday lives. High quality teaching of Computing, from Nursery through to Year 6, utilises a combination of practical lessons and theory lessons designed to promote discussion and nurture understanding. This policy reflects the values and philosophy in relation to the teaching and learning of and with ICT.
We aim for our curriculum to inspire pupils’ curiosity about computing and the digital world and want to find out more. All lessons focus on one of the key areas of computing (Computer Science, Digitial Literacy and Information Technology) to explore, all key areas of computing are covered at least once in all year groups.
- To enable children to become confident coders.
- To create opportunities for collaborative and independent learning.
- To develop children’s understanding of technology and how it is constantly evolving.
- To enable a safe computing environment through appropriate computing behaviours.
- To allow children to explore a range of digital devices.
- To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- To develop ICT as a cross-curricular tool for learning and progression.
- To promote learning through the development of thinking skills.
- To enable children to understand and appreciate their place in the modern world.
Below the outline of how our curriculum is organised for Computing can be found: