Vision for Computing
Our computing education at Church Hill Junior school 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 programmes, 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 –as active participants in a digital world.
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 programmes 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
With the implementation of the new virtual learning environment, children are now able to access online learning when they are absent from school and complete online homework tasks from home. Teachers are able to mark and respond to tasks children have completed through this.
The intended impact of this curriculum is that when children leave Church Hill Junior School, they are competent and safe users of computing with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in Computing to different challenges going forward.
Useful websites to help your child find out more about Computing
Barefoot Computing https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning
BBC Dancemat typing https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr
Scratch Programming https://scratch.mit.edu/