A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. 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, 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.
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.
At St Michael's First School we understand the importance of preparing the children for the future and we know that children will need the skills to use and manipulate the technology around them in a safe and secure way. We invest a lot in our provision for technology to keep up with this very fast-moving area of the curriculum.
Computing is a way for children to learn in different ways through discovering the wider world through a range of devices. We teach children to search the Internet safely and provide opportunities to explore and discover. Computing is also a fantastic tool to create with and children are given many experiences where they can create multimedia works which may include text, graphics, animation, data handling, sounds, videos or a combination of these. We are developing the way this work can be shared via our own school blog and are hoping all of our children can access their work and learning both at home and at school.
At St Michael's we believe Computing to an important part of the curriculum in its own right with a skill base which needs to be taught like any other; however Computing also has a major role to play across the curriculum as it provides a set of skills which the children can use to enhance learning in other curriculum areas. This is something we aim to exploit at every opportunity.
School 360 is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) for more information see resource attached.
The majority of our coding is done in scratch. This can be used on line or downloaded for free: https://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch Junior can also be downloaded on an App.