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‘Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living.’ Nicholas Negroponte
“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that is helpful in all domains.” Bill Gates
Pupils at Christopher Pickering Primary school, have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. We believe that computing is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only stands alone, but is woven into all lessons and an integral part of all learning. We aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a social responsible and safe way in order to flourish. Our aim is that by the end of KS2, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning are embedded within computing at Christopher Pickering, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Through Purple Mash, we teach stand-alone computing lessons weekly and incorporate aspects of our topic, when appropriate. Children are exposed to lessons in: Coding, Internet and Email, Spreadsheets, Databases and Graphs and Internet Safety. At Christopher Pickering, we ensure that computing is taught with equal importance to that of the core subjects.
The impact this will have on the children of Christopher Pickering is to ensure that the children are equipped with computing skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about computing, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.