Purpose of study
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.
Source: National Curriculum, 2014
At Kingfisher Primary we believe that an engaging and motivating Computing curriculum will enable our learners to:
- Use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
- Make deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.
- Build knowledge of principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop ideas through information and communication technology.
- The Computing Subject Leader and leadership team support staff to deliver a high-quality computing education.
- Computational thinking – the ability to solve problems in a creative, logical and collaborative way – is developed through repeated programming opportunities and opportunities to build understanding and apply the concepts of computer science.
- Pupils become responsible, competent, confident, and creative users of information and communication technology.
- Pupils have a growing awareness of how technology is used in the world around them and of the benefits that it provides. They are supported to evaluate and use information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies.
- Opportunities for communication and collaboration develop understanding of the purposes for using technology and these are used to bring together home and school learning experiences.
- Technology is used imaginatively to engage all learners and widen their learning opportunities.
- Pupils have access to a variety of devices and resources and are encouraged to reflect on the choices they make to use them.
- We expect our pupils to:
- Develop computing skills, knowledge and understanding
- Develop an understanding of the wider applications of computer systems and communication technology in society
- Develop independent and logical thinking through reasoning, decision making and problem solving
- Develop imagination and creativity
- Work independently and collaboratively