Horndale County Infant and Nursery School places a huge emphasis on Computing teaching throughout the curriculum. We endeavour to achieve a high standard of Computing provision for the children. There are many opportunities to access various technology in school including iPads and Chromebooks. In our school, we use Purple Mash to help support the children’s learning in Computing in accordance with the National Curriculum.
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. The main focus of computing is computer science so 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. In addition, we recognise the importance in our world of children staying safe online. As part of our broad and balance curriculum, we regularly teach children the strategies and tools they need to be able to keep themselves safe whilst accessing the internet.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- 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
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Key Stage One
Pupils should be taught to:
- understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Click here to download our Computing Long Term Plan Overview