Computing

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The Computing Curriculum

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At Hearsall Community Primary School we believe that Computing and the use of ICT is central to the education of all children. We aim to give each pupil the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to Computing and the use of ICT, with the understanding of the capabilities and flexibility of their resources.

ICT as a Life Skill

With the knowledge that Computing and ICT will undoubtedly continue to form a major part in the children’s life at home, in further education and places of work, we ensure that the Computing and ICT experiences and abilities that the children are equipped with at Hearsall Community Primary School, are effective and transferrable life skills.

Computational Thinking

The new National Curriculum 2014 states that a high quality computing curriculum equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science and at Hearsall Community Primary School, children will be taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Children will be equipped to use ICT to create programs, systems and a range of content. Children will learn about coding and how to create and implement algorithms, debug simple programs and design, create and develop digital content. We ensure that children become digitally literate, able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT, at a level suitable for their academic stage, that will develop them for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Computing: Our Aims

We aim to develop children’s knowledge, understand and skills so they can:

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science,
  • Analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems,
  • Evaluate and apply IT, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems,
  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT,
  • Use ICT safely.

Within school, we have a large ICT suite and a range of laptops and iPads for children to develop the skills detailed above. They also enable children to access other parts of the curriculum in a variety of ways! From using online programs, such as ‘Mathletics’ and ‘Education City’; to using software to present and share work in different ways.