Computing at Coten End Primary School
Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world.
The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. - Computing in the National Curriculum 2014
At Coten End Primary School, we aim to implement a varied and enjoyable computing curriculum within regular computing lessons as well as developing children’s digital literacy and information technology skills across the whole curriculum.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation within computer science
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 in information technology
Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has links with all of our core and non-core subjects and enables children to think about systems both natural and artificial. Children will be expected to use a variety of software to analyse and solve problems by using computational thinking; this will mean learning how to code using basic algorithms - key programs used at Coten End across KS1 and KS2 are BeeBots, Scratch, 2code and LegoWeDo.
Children will learn how to use information technology across a range of software to analyse, discuss and share a range of content including collecting, analysing and presenting data information.
The World-Wide-Web will be used to support children's understanding of computer networks and how they can provide multiple platforms for communication and collaboration. Alongside this, we will always emphasise the importance of internet safety (E-safety) and how technologies can not only be used effectively but safely, respectfully and responsibly in and out of school.