Computing

At HA computing is taught in a cross curricular way, linking into topics wherever possible and meaningful, for example programming games using Scratch to be used as part of an inflight entertainment package design in a Flight topic or editing photos as part of a Pictures, Paintings and Photographs topic.

The new 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

E-safety

E-safety is an important aspect of our computing curriculum and our school culture and is taught regularly across the curriculum. Staff and parents e-safety training have all taken place this academic year.

Parent Workshop presentation September 2015

Planning

Computing units are planned using Rising Stars Computing scheme to ensure a progressive build up of skills across the school and a broad and rich range of topics.
 

For more detail on the learning for each year group, please see our Year Group Learner summaries below.

The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 1 and 2.

Our children will 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 material on the internet or other online technologies

 

The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 3 to 6.

Our children will 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
     

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