Computing

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, 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 new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip our young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.

Through the programme of study for computing at Bolton St Catherine's Academy, they 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.

 

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

CS

Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute
by following precise and unambiguous instructions


Create and debug simple programs

Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems
by decomposing them into smaller parts

Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output

Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web

Appreciate how [search] results are selected and ranked

IT

Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

Use search technologies effectively

Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

DL

Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school

Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private;
identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Understand the opportunities [networks] offer for communication and collaboration

Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise
acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

 

It should be noted that the statutory requirements are not labelled under these three headings in the  programme of study, and the distinction between information technology and digital literacy is open to some interpretation. The important thing is that we cover the content in a balanced, stimulating and creative way rather than being overly concerned about the specifics of terminology.