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Computing – Our intent, aims and concepts


The study of computing opens up a world of possibilities- the world of the future. Children develop a fascination and understanding of the world ahead of them in which AI, robotics and online devices enable a myriad of possibilities. An essential level of computing skills (digital literacy) is vital to ensure that all our children are able to thrive safely within modern society, accessing opportunities that transform access to information and interaction with the world around them. By developing a deep understanding of computational skills and knowledge through our curriculum, we want our pupils to understand the possibilities of technology, and how it can help to solve problems and develop society for the better.

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By becoming confident in their digital literacy, computational and digital citizenship knowledge we intend this study of computing to:   

• Enable children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation

• Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

• Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

• Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Computing at Totnes St. John's

At TSJ we recognise the integral part that technology plays in our children’s lives and aim to equip children to become active and responsible participants in the ever-changing digital world. All our classrooms are equipped with chrome books and charging trolleys and children also have access to iPads to record and support their learning.

We are aware that our children’s access to technology outside of school varies widely and also of the barriers and stereotypes that exist in the world of Computing, particularly around gender and race. We therefore aim to inspire all children to consider themselves as the computational thinkers and computer scientists of the future. Furthermore, we aim to develop children’s perception of technology as a tool for learning, innovation and discovery, as well as helping them to understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences.

COMPUTING – Examples of Computing Learning Experiences at Totnes St. John's

COMPUTING – Examples of Computing Learning

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