At Spurcroft Primary School, we aspire for the children to be confident users of technology where they have the opportunities to collaborate and problem solve through computational thinking. We are committed to providing a range of engaging experiences that encourage pupils to think creatively whilst using technology as a purposeful tool. By challenging pupils to consider both the advantages and disadvantages to working online, we aim to prepare them for entering the 21st Century workforce by ensuring that they can connect with the wider world in a safe and responsible manner. “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: Computing, 2014).
In our computing lessons, we focus on the three strands of digital literacy, computer science and information technology, ensuring that our children are not only able to use a computer as a tool safely but are also able to explain how computers, programmes and the internet work. We think it is important that children are taught to use computational thinking so that they develop problem solving skills that can be applied across the curriculum.
We strive to teach computational thinking by asking children to:
Pupils across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will be familiar with the 5 strands of computing.