Computing helps to prepare children for the developing world. The subject encourages children to develop an understanding of how technology makes a difference in all aspects of life- at home, at school and in the workplace, as well as considering the impact technology has had on society over the years.
At Northbourne our children develop Computing skills that can thoughtfully be applied in a range of different situations, with children developing increasing independence in the choices they make over which technology to use to help them reach the desired outcome. As they progress through KS1 and KS2, our aim is for our children to become increasingly confident in the application of their digital skills, becoming increasingly efficient and effective communicators, collaborators and analysts, showing imagination and creativity in their use of ICT in different aspects of their learning and life beyond school.
There are three main strands of the Computing curriculum: information technology, digital literacy and computer science. Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology. Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication. Finally, computer science introduces children of all ages to understanding how computers and networks work. It also gives all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple roamers, right up to creating on-screen computer games and programmes. The children at Northbourne access programming software such as '2Code' and ‘Scratch’ to help progress their coding skills.
We also include regular teaching of e-safety to ensure that children feel confident and safe when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something that is upsetting, innapropriate or confusing. Please visit our Safeguarding page for further details on e-safety.