Computing Curriculum Statement

 

The use of computers and computer systems is an integral part of the National Curriculum and knowing how they work is a key life skill. In an increasingly digital world, there now exists a wealth of software, tools and technologies that can be used to communicate, collaborate, express ideas and create digital content. 

At Marine Park Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced computing education with a structured, progressive, approach to learning how computer systems work, the use of IT and the skills necessary to become digitally literate and participate fully in the modern world. 

As identified in our school’s PACE curriculum approach, we aim to provide breadth and balance throughout our Computing provision and, by the end of UKS2, all children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main strands of the National Curriculum for Computing (2014). We know that IT (using computer systems to create, store, retrieve and send information) , computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully) are essential life skills necessary to fully participate in the modern digital world. We provide a broad, balanced, challenging and enjoyable computing curriculum for all pupils, in-line with both national and local needs and requirements, as well as help develop pupils’ computational thinking skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. We want our children to respond thoughtfully to new developments in technology, equipping pupils with the confidence and skills to use digital tools and technologies. Additionally, we use computing and technology to enhance and enrich children’s learning in other areas of the curriculum (core and foundation) and ensure children develop the understanding of how to use computers and digital tools safely and responsibly. 

Our curriculum allows children to become creators of digital content rather than simply consumers of it. We use technology to motivate and enthuse pupils, provide access to a rich and varied source of information and content, and communicate and present information in new ways, which helps pupils understand, access and use it more readily. Our approach to computing offers opportunities for communication and collaboration through group working – both inside and outside of school – and has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.

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