Purpose of study
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Colley Lane Primary Academy we follow the new National Curriculum which has a larger focus on coding and programming and the teaching of how to be safe online. We also believe the teaching of skills such as internet use, word processing, publishing, spreadsheets, animation, music creation and video editing are important. All children at Colley Lane Primary Academy have specific ICT lessons. This ensures the maximum development of their skills, knowledge and understanding and creates pupils who are both competent and comfortable in their use of ICT. The skills learnt are then used across all curriculum areas to enhance their work and develop their knowledge.