At Heytesbury School, our intent for Computing is to encourage creativity, collaboration and thinking skills through the use of technology. Children will be exposed to a range of software ensuring that pupils progress in the computer science, information technology and digital literacy strands of the computing curriculum.
What is taught in Computing?
In computing children are taught through five core strands; programming, coding, communication, networks and data collection. Each strand has underlying E-safety learning which is taught and discussed in every lesson. Due to mixed year group classes, children are taught a unit over two or three terms, depending on the number of year groups, allowing the children to progress in skills and knowledge in detail.
This provides ample opportunity for pupils to:
● consolidate technical skills
● achieve fluency with a range of key applications
● develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin digital technologies
What will my child learn?
In computer science, pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. The will learn to program first with Bee Bots, then ScratchJr, and then Scratch. This takes pupils from a physical manipulative in Key Stage 1, through a pictorial representation of code with ScratchJr to a virtual, on screen, manipulative in which text-based programming is made more accessible through a block-based language.
They will develop computational thinking by programming in order to solve problems systematically.
Pupils acquire skills in using core ‘office’ applications to work with text, multimedia presentations and data analysis, as well as a competency with digital media from photography and audio to video and animation. In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to ‘use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content’. Building on this at Key Stage 2, children are taught to ‘select, use and combine’ a variety of software. They work with numerical data and information across a range of formats including those that combine both words and images.
Pupils develop an understanding of how the Internet, the World Wide Web and search engines work, as well as learning how to use these, and other technologies, safely and responsibly.