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Computing

Intent

At St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School we strive to ensure that the expectations of the three aspects of Computing – computer science, ICT and digital literacy – are covered at each key stage in a balanced, stimulating and creative way. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares pupils to ‘…use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world…’ <Gov.uk>.

Through the study of Computing, our children will be taught how to develop a wide range of skills to fully equip them to use technology safely in the ever-changing digital world, both in school and beyond.

Implementation

During KS1, through half-termly units, pupils will learn 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

During KS2, through exciting units and across a wide range of subjects, pupils will learn to:

  • design and write 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; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs
  • use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works 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
  • describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely

Even our children in the Early Years will be given the opportunity to experience ICT being used in the setting and in the wider environment. They will begin to understand how ICT relates to their life through using different technologies and IT equipment in their play. They will be exposed to the understanding of internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world.

Impact

Through the engaging teaching of Computing, children at St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School will have curiosity, creativity and confidence instilled in them to exploit fully the opportunities that current and future technology offers them as they move on through education and into adult life.

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