Computing is an integral part of school life at Christchurch.
It is used across the curriculum and discretely with children using it as naturally as any other classroom resource. We are aware that continuing professional development for staff is paramount to success, positive promotion and internet safety in school.
Computing at Christchurch caters for all children, taking into consideration all learning styles as well as SEN and Gifted and Talented children. We aim to teach pupils to use equipment and software confidently and purposefully. We do this by teaching the new computing curriculum, which focuses more directly on coding and programming skills. Christchurch believes that the Internet offers a valuable resource for teachers and children and it is recognised that there are risks that children may gain access to material that is inappropriate. The Acceptable Use Policy sets out measures to be taken to minimise these risks. We believe that the computing curriculum at our school will allow the children to become confident users of new technology therefore equipping them for their future working lives.
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, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which 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, 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.
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.