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Computing

Computing

We believe in providing a high-quality computing education which teaches our 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 core of our computing curriculum is computer science, in which our pupils 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, our pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that our 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.

Each class is equipped with an interactive white board, has access to a computer suite and to a bank of laptops. We are beginning to buy ipads and have access to hardware and software which will ensure that our pupils develop their programming skills.

Aims

We aim for our pupils to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

At Newton Bluecoat, we use such computer programs as Scratch, Espresso and Kodu to teach the fundamentals of programming. We also use programmable toys in the infants such as BeeBots and Textease Turtle. We also have a coding computer club.

E-Safety

We adhere to a detailed e-safety policy. We ensure that our pupils are taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They are taught about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour when using ICT and are taught to identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact details.

Our ICT Subject Leader is Miss. Louise Gamble

National Curriculum

Key Learning Objectives : Computing