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The ability to use a wide range of technology is essential to enable us to effectively participate in today’s ever changing digital word. As a result of this, we at Winter Gardens Academy feel that it is crucial to provide the children with a range of experience that allow them to move from being just users of computers and software to becoming confident and creative explorers, inventors and problem solvers of computers, systems and software. A crucial element to this, that we must help children to develop, is the skill of ‘Computational thinking’.
Computational thinking allows us to solve problems. It gives us the skills necessary to engage and interact with the world. It enables us to be logical and strategically thinkers, problem- solvers; highlighting problems that need solutions, creating various ways to tackle and solve problems and then spotting and evaluating how solutions can be made better. Computational thinking helps us to understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally, are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future. We want this for the children of our school.
The national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
This has been divided into 3 strands (with E-safety running through each strand)
Computer Science: This is the core of computing, 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.
Information Technology: pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content
Digital Literacy: Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.
At Winter gardens Academy, we have chosen a whole school scheme of work, published by Purple Mash, to support the teaching of Computing Programmes of Study to our children. We believe this will ensure that our children will receive high quality lessons and guidance, as well as help them to build on their computing skills, with a planned progression, as they move through the school.
As well as the benefits that technology provides, we are also aware of the risks it can pose to young people’s safety and well being. Not only do we work on pupils understanding of how to keep themselves safe but also on their digital resilience to enable them to cope with whatever the online world throws at them.
Our intent is to help our pupils become digital creators not just digital consumers, who are confident, independent learners and are able to adapt to the every changing and progressing world of technology.