Ms Almaz Thomas - Computing Lead
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.”
Computing programmes of study (DFE, 2013).
At Corpus Christi Primary School we aim for our children to use and apply computing skills to support and extend their learning confidently and independently. 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 60 shared iPads and over 50 Google Chromebooks. The children are taught using Interactive whiteboards, visualisers, digital cameras and numerous other technologies. The use of Google Classroom and Google Drive have allowed both teachers and students to work collaboratively with one another. 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 the beginning of the year, children undertake e-safety sessions on topics such as cyber bullying, keeping information safe and responsible use of social media. Throughout the year, the children are consistently reminded of the importance of these lessons.
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 computer science.
Analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs 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.
Computing Overview & Policy