At CCP, we recognise that technology plays a huge part in modern life and will only become more integral as our children grow up. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in our digital world.
 
The 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.

At Crowcroft Park Primary School, we would like to enable our pupils to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more so that they leave CCP computing literate. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that every pupil in CCP have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. We intend to build a computing curriculum that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society where pupils can evaluate and apply information technology responsibly, confidently and creatively, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. 

In our Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to recognise how a range of technology is used safely in places such as homes and schools. They also select and use technology for particular purposes. Early Years provision will be exposed to the understanding of Internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world.

In Key Stage 1, children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the Internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.

 

In Key Stage 2, children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.  They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the Internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Our curriculum prepares children with the skills to become digital-literate. Pupil at CCP will learn key vocabulary and should be to recall this in everyday life. Our aim for children is to have a knowledge and understanding of computer programmes through writing and debugging code, children will be able to solve problems using technology and computational thinking is encouraged. Children will build resilience through their work and are encouraged to learn from their mistakes. We are actively teaching skills for children to become confident in an ever-growing digital world.

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