Computing at The Deans
At The Deans Primary School, our aim is to provide our children with a computing curriculum which ensures they are digitally literate, can become active participants in the digital world and are well-prepared for the challenges of the future workplace. The core of our curriculum is computer science, in which our pupils are taught the fundamentals of computation and programming. We encourage our pupils to utilise this computational thinking and their own creativity in a range of computing contexts whilst developing deep cross-curricular links (particularly in mathematics, science and design technology).
We provide full coverage of every aspect of the 2014 National Computing Curriculum in our programme of study. Through this, we aim to ensure that our children have a clear embedding of the computing knowledge required and opportunity to practice and develop key skills to nurture a real understanding of the subject.
Our four main computing aims are:
- That all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstractions, logic, algorithms and data representation. (Computer Science)
- All pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. (Computer Science)
- All pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. (Information Technology)
- All pupils are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital Literacy)
New computing vocabulary is taught discreetly within computing lessons to ensure children have a deep understanding and the skills required to progress. This vocabulary is then continually referred to, both within the school environment and in cross-curricular lessons.
We recognise the cultural responsibility to teach our children the importance of online safety and digital citizenship. We educate all pupils on how to ensure they have a positive digital footprint, which is increasingly important in the digital world they are growing up in. Furthermore, we have a strong focus on ‘eSafety’, teaching pupils how to stay safe online and where to go to receive support if required. Alongside continual teaching of ‘eSafety’, we deliver an annual Internet Safety Week and remind children of rules learnt through computing displays both within classrooms and the wider school environment. Through this, we recognise that parents play a pivotal role in keeping children safe online. For this reason, we regularly keep parents updated through newsletters, the school website and ‘eSafety’ workshops.