Computing

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.
At St Bernard's Preparatory School we view computing as an integral component of the curriculum.  Our overall aim is to enhance learning in all areas of the curriculum through the use of computing.  In the context of the development of the computing strands, it is envisaged that computing will enhance the process of the teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum. In particular, children should achieve the following skills and abilities:
 
  • To become confident in handling hardware, software and other computing equipment
  • To develop their basic coding skills and subject specific vocabulary
  • To develop the ability to use computing equipment to manipulate and present written word, images and sounds so as to convey a message effectively
  • To be able to use computing equipment to store information, retrieve and then present it in ways that enhance interpretation and analysis
  • To begin to understand the role of computing encountered in daily life to monitor and control events and equipment
  • To use appropriate hardware and software creatively when engaged in basic tasks such as coding   activities
  • To apply their computing skills and knowledge to their learning in other areas;
  • To use their computing skills to develop their language and communication skills;
  • To explore their attitudes towards computing and its value to them and society in general.

A high quality computing education equips children 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 children 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, children are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that children 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. 

 

 

 

  1. ICT Mobile Phone and Camera Policy
  2. ICT Pupil Acceptable Internet Use Statement
  3. ICT E-Safety Policy 2017
  4. ICT Computing Policy