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Computing

“Computer science empowers students to create the world of tomorrow.” Satya Nadella 

 

Our Computing champion is: Mr Hall 

 

Intent 

At Lea Community Primary School, we equip students at with a strong foundation in Computing. We prepare our children to be confident, safe and responsible digital citizens who are ready for the challenges of a rapidly evolving technological landscape.  

Our curriculum is designed to inspire and ignite curiosity in all students, allowing them to become; efficient users of technology, effective problem-solvers, and create opportunities for them to understand and apply computational thinking in real-world situations.  

From an early age, children are given the opportunity to explore all three stands of Computing; Information Technology, Computer Science and Digital Literacy. This allows the children to see themselves as ambitious and creative life-long computer scientists. We provide opportunities for children to immerse themselves with technology throughout school, allowing them to apply their computing skills to other areas of the curriculum. 

Implementation 

Our implementation of the Computing curriculum centres around three key principles: breadth, balance and progression. Our Computing curriculum is carefully sequenced from the Early Years and uses the National Curriculum and Early Years Framework as its starting point. This is supported by the fantastic Purple Mash primary scheme, whilst being compliment by projects from ICT With Mr P. All children in our school learn the key principles of Computer Science such as algorithmic thinking, programming, different types of data structures and data representations. In the context of the Information Technology Strand, teachers ensure that children have the knowledge needed to confidently use common purpose applications such as spreadsheets, image manipulation software, email, databases, word processing and publishing tools. In Digital Literacy, we ensure children possess the knowledge required for them to use digital technology effectively, safely and responsibly. 

Computing is taught for at least 45 minutes a week, alongside teaching hinterland knowledge, by embedding technology into the curriculum to develop the children’s Digital Literacy.  

Teachers are equipped with the knowledge of what children have previously been taught and what will be taught in the future. They understand what core knowledge children need to acquire.