Heygarth’s Intent for computing

Computing and ICT are an integral part of daily life for children at Heygarth Primary School. We envision that children become confident and capable users of technology who are able to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of technologies.

Computing offers children a wide range of opportunities to become creative and analytical thinkers by discovering ways to solve problems. Children will be able to confidently apply skills from other subjects and apply their computing skills to other areas. The use of ICT will empower children to deepen their learning and understanding of not only computer programming and systems but also their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Computing will be used to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding of the curriculum as a whole.

Our computing curriculum will teach children to be responsible users of technology; both from an e-safety background and the ability for children to analyse the validity of research. This will allow all children to understand both the positive and negative influences which computing technology can have on our daily lives.

Technology is all around us: it is critical that children feel empowered to use it effectively and responsibly. Computing lessons will enable children to make links between a variety of areas in preparation for later life and future workplaces.

National curriculum Aims

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

Key stage 1 Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions

  • create and debug simple programs

  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to:

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content

  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. 

Lots of the coding, programming and logical reasoning in school uses the excellent website code.org. All children have access to this website in school, however children many also want to explore it further at home. Please feel free to encourage your children to dive deeper into a variety of areas on the website: we particularly recommend the ‘Hour of Code’ resources.