Why is Computing/ICT important?
Through Computing, we not only learn to use technology purposefully and effectively, but become aware of the underlying processes involved, helping us to understand how best to apply skills safely and ethically. Learning about control systems and robots increases awareness of many of the operating systems we use to manage our everyday lives.
The internet helps us to rapidly access ideas and experiences from a wide range of individuals, communities, countries and cultures. In Computing, we develop essential skills for life in a digital age, learning to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Teaching computing creates opportunities to address e-safety, allowing children to recognise how the internet can be used safely and appropriately.
When is Computing/ICT taught?
Computing is taught primarily linked to thematic units. The Whole-school Overview below maps out which thematic units feature this subject. Whereas these example Long-term Plans for each year group clearly show the objectives covered:
Navigators Computing Overview (Y5 and Y6)
Computing is also taught on a half-termly basis by the external provider Junior Jam who cover a wide variety of knowledge and skills including e-safety, coding, blogging and music composition through technology.
How is Computing taught?
Computing is taught through a combination of subject knowledge and development of specific skills and competencies. Learning takes place mainly inside the classroom.
What do we learn about in Computing?
Recognising technology around us, learning the fundamental skills needed to operate equipment.
Pupils learn how to use technology safely, recognising the importance of keeping private information secure. Digital literacy raises awareness of how we treat others online.
We learn about: Programming, Networking, Sequencing, Multimedia and Data Handling to name a few.