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COMPUTING

The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of the national curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Brookvale Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively. The purpose of this policy is to state how the school intends to make this provision.


Intent
The intent of our curriculum is to provide a high-quality computing education which will equip our children for the 21st century. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. Children will gain key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully)
Implementation
The emphasis is on fun, engaging activities and is ambitious for all pupils. We want children to see computing as a creative and enjoyable experience but also as a powerful tool that must be used safely and responsibly. They will be given opportunities to work with different computing technology. They will work individually and cooperatively, listening to, and valuing, the opinions of others. Planning will build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years and skills and is planned carefully to demonstrate progression. Lessons will be taught discretely and opportunities for cross-curricular learning will be planned.
Impact
Our computing curriculum ensures that children become digitally literate and able to use and express themselves safely and responsibly to develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. Our children will gain subject-specific knowledge developed through our computing lessons that will equip them with experiences which will benefit them in the next stage of their lives and future workplace.