First Federation Trust
All pupils at St Budeaux have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use 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. At St Budeaux, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including tablets, computers, Beebots and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn.
Computing in school is structured into three main elements: computer science, using and applying computing and e-safety. Children learn to use a range of different programs and learn to apply these in different situations. They learn how to code and create algorithms to solve problems and eventually begin to create their own programs. E-safety is taught in every year group and is emphasised throughout all computing lessons. Children are taught to use technology safely and responsibly and taught what to do should problems arise.
- Our Computing curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- Children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Children can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.