Subject Leader: Mrs Clark
“I could either watch it happen, or be a part of it.” – Elon Musk
At Cheetwood Primary School, we intend that children should master Computing to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Computing and make use of Computing effectively in their everyday lives, without being completely reliant on technology. The children at Cheetwood are taught to use technology responsibly and carefully, being mindful of how their behaviour, words and actions can affect others. Children are taught Computing in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. They will gain experience and skills of a wide range of technology in a way that enhances their learning opportunities, enabling them to use technology across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.
The aims of the Computing curriculum are to develop pupils who:
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
- Know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others
- Become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
Computing disciplinary skills can be split into 3 main areas. Each skill can be further broken down into areas where specific skills are developed.
Digital Literacy – Computing systems and networks, creating media, data handling, online safety
Information Technology – Using software, using email and internet searches, using data, wider use of technology
Computer Science – Computational thinking, programming, understanding hardware, networks and data representation