Computing

At Rakegate Primary School, we believe that the teaching and learning of Computing is essential to the development of all pupils in the world we live in today. We equip children to participate in a world of rapidly changing technology. We intend to promote enjoyment, curiosity and to enable all children to excel and succeed and have high aspirations for themselves. This will be implemented through a series of progressive lessons aimed to deepen pupils’ understanding of different areas of technology ensuring all children are fully digitally literate. As children progress throughout the school, we aim for pupils to develop a deep knowledge, understanding and appreciation of how technology works.

 

Our Rakegate Vision for Computing

  • Pupils should experience a rich diet of Computing skills, including computer science, coding, multimedia creation and digital literacy skills.

  • They will develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, as well as to other aspects in their lives.

  • Foster a love, enjoyment and curiosity for Computing.

  • Allow children to celebrate and share their work amongst peers.

  • Enable all children to excel and succeed and have high aspirations for themselves.

 

National Curriculum

 

The 2014 National Curriculum for Computing states that: “Computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. 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.”

 

It also states that the curriculum aims to ensure that all children:

  • ​Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science;

  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computing programs in order to solve such problems;

  • 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.

 

In order to achieve this for our pupils, Topics taught across the school have been mapped out and planned in a progressive way. We seek to deepen pupils’ understanding of different areas of technology, to ensure all children are fully digitally literate. Planning takes account of differentiation and progression, and is based on progressions in Computing Systems and Networks, Creating Media, Data and Information, Programming and Online Safety.

Please take a look at the information provided below for further information.

Year 5 Digital Art Project