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Computing

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We aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way. We prepare our children for the world of modern technology through splitting our computing learning into 3 key areas - Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. E-safety is interwoven throughout to ensure our children are equipped to stay safe whilst online, both at home and in school. Children are given opportunities to use a range of computing equipment including laptops, tablets and Beebots.

Children are taught a variety of skills including creating and debugging programmes, creating digital content for multiple users, and improving word processing abilities. Many units taught are in project form which allow for skills to be built up over time resulting in a high-quality final outcome.

Through this curriculum coverage, children leave us in Year 6 as competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in the way they use digital media.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. This subject also enables children to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in an ever-growing digital world.

At Maple Tree, the children learn about online safety from an early age and also begin to build on their programing skills using simple commands. This then develops as they move through the key stages to coding and using programs to create animations. They are also taught word processing skills and how to use the internet for digital literacy and research. The children at the upper end of the school are given the skills they need to create spreadsheets and create short films.

National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study