“ A high-quality computing education 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, 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. Building on this knowledge and understanding, 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.”
Our Computing Curriculum
At Otley All Saints C.E. Primary School, we recognise the importance of computing in everyday life; it has links across the whole curriculum with deep links in mathematics, science, and design and technology. Therefore, it is our aim to equip children with the relevant knowledge and skills required to explore and understand the core elements of the computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. We acknowledge that future generations will rely heavily on their computational confidence and digital skills both as general skills for life and in order to support their progress within their chosen career paths. Therefore, our curriculum ensures that children become proficient in using computational thinking skills and be digitally literate (confident users of ICT, collaborators and developers) who are able to share work and participate safely in a digital world.
The Sheffield Scheme for Computing forms the basis of our curriculum; it ensures both full coverage of the national curriculum objectives and the progression of skills across each age group. From Year 1 onwards, the key strands of computing are taught: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Specific online safety objectives are also incorporated into the teaching of computing and PSHE. Computing in our Foundation Key Stage is centred around play. Both unplugged (no computer) and digital activities focus on building children’s listening skills, curiosity and creativity and problem solving.
We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact both computing and the digital world have on their learning, development and general wellbeing. Above all we would like children to enjoy their learning. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly, safely.
Children using physical computing which provides multiple ways for learners to engage with and express their learning
Year 5 have learnt how to use sensors. They programmed micro:bits to record and measure the temperature and light levels around the school.