Technology is ingrained in our everyday lives and we are increasing living in a digital world. Therefore it is important that children become confident, capable and responsible users of a wide range of technological equipment.
Computing at St Stephen’s provides a wide range of skills and opportunities. We have a computer suite with one computer per pupil and an interactive whiteboard for teaching skills and concepts. We have recently purchased a set of ipads and we are developing our teaching to incorporate their use into our learning.
Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.
The three aspects of the Computing curriculum are:
- Computer Science- in which the children are taught to understand computers and coding. Children will learn principles of coding, how to debug programmes and write their own.
- Information and Communication Technology- in which the children learn to use their skills for a range of purposes, for example – presenting and collecting data, making posters/adverts, presenting information to others etc. This covers many of the skills we are used to using in our everyday lives
- Digital Literacy- in which children learn to participate safely and responsibly in the digital world. This covers ideas such as keeping ourselves safe in the digital world, knowing what is appropriate behaviour online, thinking about our own responsibilities in relation to what we post about others, understanding what things we are allowed to publish as our own (copywriting etc)
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Please click here to read more about the national curriculum for computing: