A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
At St. Andrew's, our aim is to ensure that our children:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- 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
Our Computing curriculum follows the Teach Computing scheme which is developed by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE).
The key areas of learning are:
- Computer Systems and Networks – how technology works.
- Programming and Computational Thinking– systematic and logical thinking that embraces efficiencies and refining if ideas.
- Creating Media - how to communicate using technology - including how to operate basic interfaces and a range of programmes including Microsoft Office tools.
- Digital Citizenship including online safety – how to use the technology effectively, appropriately and safely.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people's learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks. e-safety forms a fundamental part of our safeguarding and is re-introduced at the start of each academic year, taught throughout the curriculum and forms part of a focused week linked to our PSHE curriculum to ensure awareness for all pupils. To find out more about e-safety please click here.