Why is Computing 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 which is incredibly important to us as Christians.
In computing, we are ‘Preparing Children for their Future’ so we develop essential skills for life in a digital age, learning to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
When is Computing taught?
Computing is taught primarily linked to thematic units. The subject overview (below) maps out which thematic units feature this subject.
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 but there are opportunities to take our learning outdoors through different activities.
At Hooton Pagnell All Saints, we want to prepare our children for the future world and this includes their safety whilst online. During our computing lessons, we regularly remind the children on what to do to keep safe whilst online. Also E-Safety, is taught as part of our Dimensions Curriculum. Along side in class, we engage in a range of safer internet activities throughout the year.
What do we learn about in Computing?
We learn about the following: -
How do we assess and monitor Computing?
Class teachers update track-zone at least after each theme (6 weeks) or each competency or essentials unit (3 weeks). This is used by class teachers to plan next steps. The computing lead monitors this to identify areas of strengths and where development is required through school. The computing lead then plans appropriate next steps, including CPD for staff, and uses the data to create the action plan.