Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us at Warren Park, 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 this 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. Through the new programme of study for computing, children will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. At Warren Park, pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
Why is computational thinking so important?
It allows us to solve problems, design systems, and 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.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of Computing skills, Warren Park Primary provide supervised access to the Internet. We believe that the use of the web and email are worthwhile and essential tools for children as they grow up in the modern world. Please be reassured that the school undertakes positive steps to deal with any possible undesirable sites, by providing a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate material.
At Warren Park, we have a range of technological equipment that promotes and aids learning, including a bank of 180 laptops and 40 I-Pads which can be used in any classroom. We appreciate the importance of computer technology within the world and workplace of future generations and through the teaching of computing will ensure that children:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic and algorithms and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
This is done through the use of a wide variety of computer programmes and devices such as:
- Scratch coding
- Microsoft Word
- Internet search engines
Through a wide range of experiences, children will make good progress in a safe computing environment.
- Children will develop knowledge, understanding and life skills which will help them prepare for the ever-developing technological world that we live in.
- Children will utilise and develop the core skills of English and Maths whilst progressing and developing their computer skills.
- Children will understand the impact of computing on them and their community ensuring that their usage has a positive intent and is conducted safely.