Computing

 

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of 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. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

                                                                                                            (National Curriculum 2014)

At Red Hill Field we are digitally literate and confident users of technology.

We learn to use and combine a variety of software purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve information.

We understand what algorithms are: how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs work by following precise and clear instructions.

We create simple programs designed to achieve specific goals. We learn to use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs and use systematic reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work, and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.

We understand computer networks including the internet: how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

We learn to use search technologies effectively; we appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and we are careful when evaluating digital content.

We learn to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; we can identify where to go for help and support if we have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.