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Computing

“Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living” 

Nicholas Negroponte

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Why Is Computing Important?

At Greenlands, we see computing as an integral part of learning and life. We want our children to become competent users of computing technology and have the confidence to embrace the ever changing technology of the modern world. We want to instil good computing habits and ‘netiquette’, as well as empower our children to stay safe in the virtual world.

Computing allows children to have opportunities to use all of our curriculum concepts throughout their computing education and develop themselves as competent users of technology.

National Curriculum—Purpose of study

A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.  Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.  The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.  Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.  Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate—able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology—at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.   

What Computing Looks Like At Greenlands

Computing is taught using the Purple mash scheme of work. Learning builds sequentially throughout the years and revisits key areas developing and enhancing children’s skill with additional challenge. All children study a unit about E-safety. This important aspect is taught early in the year to remind children to use technology safely, but opportunities are taken within each unit of learning to ensure that children are fully aware of how best to use technology to support them with skills for life. Currently computing is taught by the same member of staff to the whole school, to allow progression to be clearly made and to allow children to meet clear milestones within their learning journey. Vocabulary will be explicitly taught at the beginning of every lesson. To facilitate children to know more and remember more key concepts run through the whole of our curriculum, and opportunities to revisit previous learning are planned into every lesson.

Inclusion

All computing lessons/activities are designed and planned to include all children through a range of approaches. Lessons are planned to facilitate the best possible outcome for all children within the class.

Concepts Running Through Computing

Change

Power

Diversity

Comparison

Significance

Evolving and advancing of hardware

 

Uses in

everyday life

Computers used in all areas of life

Connection of people around the world

Ability to perform multiple applications at once

Hardware

Software

Uses

Between hardware

 

Between software

 

Between uses

People e.g Charles

Babbage

 

Inventions e.g the world wide web

 

When Is Computing Taught?

Computing is taught weekly across the year.

 

Please click here for the Computing Overview

COMPUTING_OVERVIEW.docx

 Please click here for the Computing Programme of Study

PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Computing.pdf