Computing has and is changing the lives of everyone. It has altered the way we record and share information and made many tasks more simple and efficient. It has revolutionised teaching and learning and brought previously unthought-of creativity to the way in which information can be presented and shared.
Through teaching computing, we prepare children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
At Parbold Douglas CE Academy we look for opportunities for children to use computing to develop and enhance their learning. We help children to develop the confidence and skills they need in order to be successful in this increasingly technological age. We also teach children to make sensible choices about the use of Information and Communication Technology in the development and presentation of their work across the curriculum. Furthermore, we discretely teach how to stay safe on the internet and off it, through both computing lessons based around Internet Safety, in PSHE and also through school assemblies.
The School believes that ICT and Computing:
- give pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials;
- can present information in new ways which help pupils understand, access and use it more readily;
- can motivate and enthuse pupils;
- can help pupils focus and concentrate;
- offers potential for effective group working;
- has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.
Aims of the Teaching of Computing
The School’s aims are to:
- provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils;
- meet the requirements of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for ICT and Computing;
- use ICT and Computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum;
- respond to new developments in technology;
- equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and Computing throughout their later life;
- enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and Computing;
- develop the understanding of how to use ICT and Computing safely and responsibly.
We follow the National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication;
- 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.