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Computing

Computing Aims

At English Martyrs Catholic Primary School we value the individuality of all our children.  We recognise the importance of computing as a form of communication. We provide a high-quality computing education that engages and inspire pupils to develop skills so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupil’s progress, they develop a critical engagement with computing learning to use their prior knowledge to inform their learning and progressing using a solid platform.

 We aim to make computing an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of technological experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to develop, analysis, evaluate and readdress their learning and skills.

National curriculum Objectives

In key stage 1 pupils are 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
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

 

In key stage 2 pupils are taught to:

 

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, 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
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.