Our Approach to Computing
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic,algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technology, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Computers are now part of everyday life. At Whitegate Primary School we teach our children 'computational thinking' which enables them to be ready to participate effectively in this digital world.
Through Computing, we teach our children how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Computing is very much a practical subject where invention is encouraged. The ideas of computing are applied to understanding the real-world systems. E-Safety plays a very large part in the Computing curriculum.
Our school delivers the Computing curriculum through topic areas and discrete lessons. We have a range of equipment to enable us to do this: programmable toys such as Beebots, interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads. In Foundation Stage, children recogise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular puposes.