In Computing, pupils have the opportunity to use the internet to research and communicate, through this they consider the consequences, advantages, disadvantages and dangers of privacy, cyber bullying, making ‘virtual friends’. Consequently, they understand the need for respect for themselves and others when using media sites. Children are taught to reflect on their own and others’ lives and the impact computer science has on this. Through democracy they discuss the power and limitations that computing can have – particularly on individual’s beliefs. Children are taught good etiquette when using digital technology, including mobile devices, with due regard to e-safety and developing respect in the use of digital equipment and its impact on the environment – ink and paper wastage. At Corrie, children are encouraged to assist each other when problem solving. They use appropriate social behaviours and to interact as part of a caring community. We value the arts within Computing and encourage children to work collaboratively on such digital arts projects e.g. imovie to apply Cross Curricular learning. Children are therefore empowered to use and apply their computing skills to the wider curriculum. Through computing they respect and develop an awareness and appreciation of how differing cultural, spiritual and religious views might differ towards the use of digital technology.
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.