The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- 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.
At Five Lanes Primary School, we view computing as an integral component of the curriculum. Our overall aim is to enhance learning in all areas of the curriculum through the use of computing. In the context of the development of the computing strands, it is envisaged that computing will enhance the process of the teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum. In particular, children should achieve the following skills and abilities:
- to become confident in handling hardware, software and other computing equipment
- to develop their basic coding skills and subject specific vocabulary
- to develop the ability to use computing equipment to manipulate and present written word, images and sounds so as to convey a message effectively
- to be able to use computing equipment to store information, retrieve and then present it in ways that enhance interpretation and analysis
- to begin to understand the role of computing encountered in daily life to monitor and control events and equipment
- to use appropriate hardware and software creatively when engaged in basic tasks such as coding activities
- to apply their computing skills and knowledge to their learning in other areas
- to use their computing skills to develop their language and communication skills
- to explore their attitudes towards computing and its value to them and society in general.