Here at Collis we believe that Computing is a necessary and exciting subject that prepares children to live in a world where technology is moving at a rapid pace. So much so, that children are being prepared to work with technology that doesn’t even exist yet. For this reason, it is important that children are able to participate in the creation of these new technologies and systems – placing greater emphasis on children as coders, problem solvers and computational thinkers.
Since Computing in the National Curriculum is split into three strands (Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology) it is important that children recognise the difference between what makes each one relevant to their future, as well as their everyday lives. This will require high quality teaching of Computing, from reception to year six, that utilises a combination of practical lessons (within the computer suite) and theory lessons (within the children’s classrooms). Theory lessons, which are designed to promote discussion and nurture understanding, are highly relevant to other areas of the non-statutory curriculum such as PSHE and Citizenship taught through Jigsaw.
Collis is an outward looking school and this is reflected though our computing curriculum by creating links with wider National computing activities and organisations. As well as on a more local scale with a CAS hub and the London Grid for Learning (LGfL).
The Computer Science strand prepares children to understand what computer science is, as well as complex computing concepts such as algorithms and binary code. At Key Stage Two, this knowledge is taught at a deeper level encouraging children to learn about decomposition, debugging, variables and controlling physical systems.
The Digital Literacy strand prepares children to use the internet safely by giving them the knowledge to deal with inappropriate computing behaviours. This is echoed in the teaching and learning of appropriate computing behaviours. What is more, children will be taught how to take care of personal information, the differences between viruses and malware, and how to identify reliable sources including how to identify ‘fake news’ and ‘disinformation’.
The Information Technology strand prepares children to work with computers and other devices (such as tablets, mobiles). This enables them to understand how technology is developing and how it has progressed. This requires that children are taught about the main part of a computer, how data is stored and how to complete the most basic of computer functions (such as saving work, presenting information and creating art).
Computing has a high profile at our school. Our children are confident using a wide range of hardware and software, and are diligent learners who value online safety and respect when communicating with one another.
Children at Collis have a deep interest in computing and relish the opportunities to use it in a variety of ways.
If you were to walk into computing lessons at Collis, you will see:
Proficient users of technology who are able to work both independently and collaboratively.
Computing hardware and software being utilised to enhance the learning outcomes of our children, across the curriculum.
Clear progression in technical skills where children can explain the skill they are working on.
A learning buzz as children engage in programming, instruct floor robots, prepare online safety presentations, compose electronic music, animate and combine skills.