The Intent - Why we teach what we teach.
At New Close Primary School we believe a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing is a significant part of everyone’s daily life and we believe that children should be at the forefront of new technology.
Computing has links to a variety of other subjects such as mathematics, science and design and technology; we believe that, as an essential part of the curriculum, computing is a subject that not only stands alone but is woven and should be an integral part of all learning.
At New Close Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively. We also recognise the importance of responding to new developments in technology, and aim to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their lives. We have had a big overhaul of our computing equipment, including new laptops and SMART interactive whiteboards in all of the classrooms.
We strive to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for all pupils, as well as using it as a tool to enhance learning throughout the wider curriculum.
Computing as a standalone subject has a number of key strands, each of which we aim to teach and fully instill the value of amongst our pupils. These can be categorised as:
- E-safety – Pupils are taught how to use technology safely and respectfully, how to Keep their personal information private. They also are taught to identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the Internet or other online technologies. As technology develops, so does the need for a better understanding of how to use it in a responsible manner. The education of pupils in E-Safety is therefore essential so as to ensure children are equipped with the skills to recognise risks online, to be critically aware of the materials and content they access online, along with guidance on how to accurately validate information accessed via the internet.
- Using Technology beyond school - Pupils are taught to recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
- Searching - Children are taught to use search technologies effectively and to appreciate how search results are selected and ranked.
- Wider Understanding - Children are taught to understand computer networks, including the Internet and how networks can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web.
- Creating Content - Children are taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including Internet services) on a range of digital devices and to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They are also taught to collect, analyse, evaluate and present data and information.
- Problem Solving - Pupils are taught to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, to control or simulate physical systems and to solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
- Programming - Children are taught to use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and to work with various forms of input and output.
- Logical Thinking - Children are taught to use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs and to use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.