“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… 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.“
(National Curriculum 2014)
Through the study of Computing, children at St Gabriel’s children will be equipped with a range of computing skills essential for today’s modern society to provide them essential knowledge that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond our gates. They will explore the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to apply this knowledge through programming. Computing ensures that children are digitally literate – able to use and express themselves through information, communication and technology.
In Early Years, children will access early computing skills through a range of activities across different areas of learning. In addition to equipping children with the skills they require, we aim to instill and develop the foundations for safer online behaviours, both in and out of school. Educating children about the benefits, risks and responsibilities for using information technology starts in EYFS as soon as they begin to access our Purple Mash platform within school and in partnership with parents at home.
During the children’s learning journey at St Gabriel’s, our intended impact of the Computing Curriculum is to ensure that children:
- will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform.
- will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.
The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and familiar with key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation.