Statement of Intent
Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing, we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention at St John’s Stonefold to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Are confident in using code and can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation
- When coding, pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Effectively communicate and can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- Able to connect with others responsibly and are competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
In KS1, one of the ways we are teaching the pupils about the language and concepts associated with computer programming is by using Bee Bots and Pro-bots, which are simple programmable robots. We also plan to introduce pupils to the programme we use for coding but a more simplified version – Scratch Junior. In this programme, pupils will be able to make their own backgrounds and move sprites across the screen.
In KS2, we will be developing a widespread use of a computer program called Scratch; this program enables pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in computer programming. It is a programming language where children can create interactive programs such as stories, games, interactive quizzes and animation. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.