In an ever developing technological world, computers are now an integral part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. The Priory Witham Academy believe that ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to participate effectively in this digital world.
Why is computational thinking so important? It allows us to solve problems. It gives us the skills necessary to engage and interact with the world. It enables us to be logical, strategic thinkers and problem- solvers; highlighting problems that need solutions, creating various ways to tackle and solve problems and then spotting and evaluating how solutions can be made better. Computational thinking helps us to understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future. We want this for the children of our school.
The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
This has been divided into 3 strands:
Computer Science: This is the core of computing, 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.
Information Technology: pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Digital Literacy: Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.
At The Priory Witham Academy, we have chosen a whole school scheme of work, published by Rising Stars, to support the teaching of the computing programmes of study to our children. We believe this will ensure that our children will receive high quality lessons and guidance, as well as help them to build on their computing skills, with a planned progression, as they move through the school.
We want the children in our school to move from being just users of computers and software to becoming confident and creative explorers, inventors and problem solvers of computers, systems and software.