A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. At Merton Bank our Computing curriculum has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. 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. We build on this knowledge and understanding so 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.
Computing, previous known as ICT is a cross-curricular subject that has a critical role in enhancing the learning process at all levels of the curriculum and across a broad range of subjects and activities. At Merton Bank we use the subject to prepare our children for tomorrow’s technological future through challenge and activities that promote independence and resilience. The advances made in the world of technology during recent years have had a significant impact on our everyday lives. Already, in today’s world, computers and information technology form an essential part of everyday life. Now, with the growth of the Internet and the easy accessibility of home computers, it is vital that we encourage pupils to gain confidence and capability in the use of ICT to prepare them for adult life.
Computing Curriculum 2014- aims:
Computing will be delivered in accordance with the statutory entitlement as specified in the National Curriculum orders (September 2014). 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
Coverage across the school
To ensure that the all children have access to the computing programmes of study and that they progress appropriately across the school we plan our computing sessions in line with the agreed schemes of work. The computing long-term plan, in conjunction with the St Helens scheme of work is referred to in order to see which units of work should be taught when.
Computing feedback is given verbally by teachers, teaching assistants and sometimes by peers. Some pieces of work will have written feedback in the form of next steps to challenge and progress learning where appropriate. Formal assessments are completing using our OTrack system on a half termly basis.
Computing Leader- Mrs E Baker