Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
The 2014 national curriculum introduced a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT. This has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs and develop their ideas using technology.
Our curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology and digital literacy: teaching them how to code, and how to create their own programs; not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for you. We encourage children to use the computer to take part in research activities and ensure children get the opportunity to take part in cross curricular tasks. This enables pupils to enhance and develop their computing skills which will support them throughout their lives.
Computing, including the Internet, DB Primary and mobile technologies, such as digital cameras and iPads has become an important part of learning in our school. We expect all children to be safe and responsible when using any digital technology please click on the link below to view our acceptable use agreement for pupils.
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Key Stage 1 Computing (5-6 year-olds):
Children will be learning what algorithms are, which will not always involve computers. When explained as “a set of instructions” teachers may illustrate the idea using recipes, or by breaking down the steps of children’s morning routines. But they will also be creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices to “create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content”.
Children will know that an algorithm is a set of instructions, they will be able to create simple algorithms to make a rocket move. Code is a stored set of instructions encoded in a language understood by the computer, eg pen down. Children will then work with a partner to correct their code (debug).
Key Stage 2 Computing (7-11 year-olds):
Children will be creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals and getting to grips with concepts including variables and “sequence, selection, and repetition in programs”. They will still be developing their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites.
Children will be able to create a simple game, they will be able to detect and correct errors in their program. In this example children will be able to create a set of blocks to park a car and will create a parking game.
Children at every stage will be taught the importance of using technology safely and keeping personal information private, which is being introduced as a topic from the beginning of primary and will continue to be emphasised at each key stage.