“A high quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through computational thinking. It develops and requires logical thinking and precision. It combines creativity with rigour: pupils apply underlying principles to understand real-world systems, and to create purposeful and usable artefacts,”
Computing Curriculum, Programmes of Study, 2013
At Corpus Christi Primary School we aim for our children to confidently and independently use and apply computing skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of ICT (information, communication and technology) becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future.
Children in all Key Stages have access to 30 shared iPads, and a networked computer suite with 17 workstations. The children are taught using Interactive whiteboards, visualisers, digital cameras, iPods, voice recorders, and numerous other technologies. Although the children follow a specific computing curriculum all staff are constantly looking for ways to include the use of technology in all curriculum subjects and across all key stages.
There is a key emphasis on learning key computing skills; these include programming, debugging and exchanging information. The children are taught how to access information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs.
Digital Literacy is now a big part of the computing curriculum, with children learning how to use ICT safely – at regular points throughout the year children undertake e-safety sessions on topics such as cyber bullying, keeping information safe and responsible use of social media.
The aims of the computing curriculum are to enable children to:
- Become creative, logical, critical thinkers, who reason systematically and work collaboratively. Risk taking and innovation will be enriched through the computer science.
- Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Appreciate the relevance of digital literacy in our society and that they see it as an essential tool for learning, communication, finding information and for controlling and understanding their environment.
- To explore their attitudes towards computing and its value to them. For example, to learn about issues of security, confidentiality and accuracy. As a child’s confidence grows they will be able to make informed and discerning choices about their use of information technology.