Computing

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At Long Toft Primary school, our computing curriculum looks like this: 

The aims of our computing curriculum are:

  • To ensure that all children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
  • To analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
  • To evaluate and apply information technology including new or unfamiliar technologies analytically to solve problems;
  • Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

In Key Stage 1, children are taught to understand what algorithms are and how they are implemented as programs on digital devices.  They are taught that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They create, debug and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.   Children are taught to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. They recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. 

Children in Key Stage 2 are taught to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems.  They are taught to solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.  They use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output. Children are taught to use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.  Children understand computer networks including the internet and how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They are taught to use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, be discerning in evaluating digital content select.  Children use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. Children also use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, keeping personal information private.  They take part in Internet Safety Day, school assemblies by staff and talks by outside agencies such as the police. Children are shown where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.