Purpose of study from the National Curriculum
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.
To ensure that all pupils will benefit from an exciting, rich, broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that is matched appropriately to their ages, abilities and aptitudes..Ensuring the progressive development of computing knowledge and skills and for pupils to develop a love of the subject. To enable pupils to use their knowledge, skills and understanding of computing and information technology to create programs, systems and content. Our pupils will become digitally literate, being able to use and express themselves through information and communication technology. This will enable them to be ready for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
- Pupils will be taught to understand what algorithms are: how they are implemented as programs on digital devices: and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will become confident and competent users of a variety of technological devices.
- Use of End Point Curriculum to keep outcomes focussed and clear.
- New topics for the year to ensure a rich, balanced and broad curriculum.
- Learning walks, team teaching, observations and discussions with pupils to ensure learning is exciting.
- Pupils will learn how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store , manipulate and retrieve digital content.
- Annual data will be collected and analysed to ensure continued progress. Target pupils and areas identified and support for both pupils and staff will be implemented if required.
By the end of each key stage, the pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study. Our pupils will know how to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private. They will be able to identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Gorsewood pupils will recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and be able to identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. They will have the confidence and competence to trnsfer these skills to others areas of the curriculum.
Click on any of the links below to see some of our computing activities at Gorsewood: