Our school's intent with our Computing curriculum is to encourage love of computing technology by fostering the children’s interest and enthusiasm in the subject. Our aim is for the children to learn to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information using a broad range of software and hardware. Great Kimble Computing curriculum will focus on the children learning to develop the skills necessary to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We also aim to enrich the children’s lives by increasing their computer literacy. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to live safely as confident, creative and independent life learners. It is our intention to ensure that the children are given many opportunities to accomplish this goal.
Our computing curriculum covers the four key areas, as outlined in the National Curriculum. These are:
- Computer science: understanding and applying the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Information technology: evaluating and applying information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, and solving problems analytically
- Digital literacy: analysing problems in computational terms, and having repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Online safety: providing the children with guidance that prepares them to live safely in the digital world around them.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that, when children leave Great Kimble Church of England School, they are competent and safe users of IT with an understanding of how technology works. Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equips pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces.They will have developed skills to express themselves and be equipped to apply their skills in computing to different challenges allowing them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.