Computing

Intent

At Fairstead Community Primary and Nursery School, all pupils will be immersed in exciting, rich learning experiences that reach across all aspects of computing. Our aim is for pupils to become leaders of the digital world embracing the opportunities it brings. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, our children would be at a disadvantage would they not be exposed to quality learning experiences. Our curriculum offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. The children are given ample opportunity to develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. It also enables them to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology. Here at Fairstead, we encourage our staff to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning exciting and accessible for all.

Implementation

At Fairstead, our vision for computing is that in our school, all pupils are on a journey to becoming leaders of the digital world. To achieve this, we provide our children with a high-quality computing education; actively guiding and facilitating their journeys using both computational thinking and creativity to help them develop:

  • an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • their analysis of problems in computational terms, and take part in repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • their evaluation and application of information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • responsibility, competence, confidence and creativity towards users of information and communication technology.

Impact

Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see themselves as leaders of the digital world as it extends beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.