Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing we equip 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 a discriminating and 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.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication
Teachers work with ‘I can’ statements which support assessment of the new primary computing programme of study from Reception to Year Six. The strands covered are programming, e-safety, multimedia, data handling and technology in our lives and is based on Somerset’s eLIM's progression plans. This resource has been produced by eLIM (e Learning and Information Management Service), Somerset County Council.
The progression in Computing is as follows:
A few years ago we embarked on our Google journey which is evolving by the day. We now have a number of Chromebook devices which the children use on a regular basis, not only to enhance their computing skills but also throughout the curriculum. We also have a growing set of IPads which support small group learning in particular.