Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way.
Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
Our computing curriculum is categorised into 6 key themes:
Online Safety Programming Data Handling Creating Media
Computing Systems and Networks Skills Showcase
- Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.
- Children will become confident in voicing their opinions , having the opportunity to discuss and driving their learning forward.
- Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
- Children will have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them access and use a range of technology in a safe and creative way.
- Children will have developed skills that equip them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
- Children’s skills will have progressed to enable them to not only have met the requirements of the National Curriculum but to also enjoy using technology to develop knowledge and ideas as well as express themselves safely and creatively as responsible citizens .
- We use a variety of strategies to evaluate the knowledge, skills and understanding that our children have gained during each unit.
- CPD is delivered regularly to ensure that teacher, knowledge, pedagogy and assessment is secure.
At Corfe Castle School computers and related technologies are often used throughout the school and play an invaluable part in the education of all the children. All classes have a interactive TV screens that allow all pupils to access lessons in an engaging, visual manner. IT is used in the majority of subjects to engage and motivate pupils and allow them access to a wide range of environments. To ensure that all pupils have equal access to IT, Chromebooks, Cameras and IPads are available at all times to each class. Computing is mostly taught through our range of 50 Chromebooks and 25 iPads. We are also endeavouring to ensure that our students are digitally literate and aware how to safely use and operate a range of devices and equipment, through our continuous e-safety learning which is support by CEOP and Project Evolve. In a world where computers play an integral part in more and more of our daily activities, it is imperative that students leave Corfe Castle School with the knowledge of how to use such technologies safely and wisely. Computing is taught both discretely and through other subjects.
Aims of Computing
The national curriculum for computing and our progress of skills within each milestone aims to ensure that all pupils:
· Confident in using code and can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation
· When coding, pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
· Effectively communicate and can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
· Able to connect with others responsibly and are competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.