Curriculum Intent for Computing
Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. At primary school, Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed, as well as how to use technology safely and responsibly.
A key aim of the Computing curriculum is to develop children’s ‘computational thinking’ skills, which can also benefit their learning in other subjects. Computational thinking allows us to solve problems, design systems, find and fix mistakes, explain our ideas and develop better ways to achieve a goal. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to understand and use computer-based technology, as well as tackle challenges and solve problems in other subjects, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.
Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, children will learn:
- how computers and computer systems work
- how to design and build programs
- how to use computational thinking skills to solve problems efficiently and effectively
- how to develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content
- how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly