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South Lake Primary School

Computing

  

Information Technology (IT) is an integral part of modern life and therefore we must equip our children to use it effectively and safety. We believe that it is important for our children to have the confidence and ability to use these tools to prepare them for an ever-changing and rapidly developing world.

Through the teaching of computing and use of technology, our children will:

  • Develop their IT capability; they will become confident in using a range of technologies to communicate with others
  • Become responsible digital citizens
  • Develop an understanding of how computers work and how they are designed and programmed. Through this they will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.
  • Develop their ability to apply IT skills as a tool to support learning wherever possible in all other areas of the curriculum
  • Grow positive attitudes towards using IT including confidence and enjoyment.

There are 3 strands to our computing curriculum:

  • Information Technology Strand which teaches the children how to use IT to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information.
  • Digital Literacy Strand which teaches pupils how to become digitally literate and how to stay safe online.
  • Computer Science Strand which teaches pupils the science behind computing. The principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. 

Each strand is covered every term to ensure knowledge and skills are built upon throughout the year. We have clear expectations of what every child will be taught each year. This shows what is taught, and when, across the school. 

In addition, we have a progression document, which shows the progression in learning in computing.

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