Computing at Hearsall Community Academy

At Hearsall Community Academy we believe that computing is an essential part of the national curriculum. Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum subjects. Through the study of computing, children are able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need for the rest of their lives. Computers have become a part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our daily lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational Thinking’ is a skill children must be taught in order to provide them with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.

The national curriculum defines three clear aspects of computing curriculum: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL). Children will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.

The core of computing is computer science and at Hearsall, 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. 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.

We also ensure that children leave Hearsall with knowledge and skills to be able to keep themselves safe whenever they access technology and the internet. We provide them with assemblies highlighting key current issues, have bespoke lessons that discuss E-Safety topics and provide parents with information through parent’s workshops and monthly E-Safety newsletters.

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.