The 2014 National Curriculum reworked the ICT curriculum, rebranding it as Computing. The programme of study has been developed to prepare pupils with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need for the rest of their lives.
At Raynham, we are extremely excited by the opportunities the new curriculum offers to this essential area of learning. Through the Computing programme of study, pupils will learn how computers and computer systems work; design and build programmes and develop ideas using technology.
We teach three distinct aspects of computing: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL).
Computer Science is the aspect of the subject in which pupils are taught about 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. This allows pupils to explore key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables, and develop skills like problem-solving, logical reasoning and debugging. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.
At Raynham, we also ensure that there is a strong focus on E-safety. With ICT developing faster than ever before, it is imperative that the pupils, parents and teachers are all aware of the dangers that may exist within the digital world. We teach pupils and parents how to keep themselves and others safe online. And, if there is anything that the children feel worried or unsure about when using technology, they are encouraged to share with a parent or teacher.