Computing Intent Statement
When planning and teaching computing at Ludlow Junior School, we believe that it is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that not only should be taught alone but one that can be intertwined across the whole curriculum. In today’s society, Computing is a significant part of everyday life and therefore children should be at the forefront of new technology and be taught transferable skills to develop a thirst for what is out there.
Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their life. As computers and technology are such a huge part of everyday life, our children would be at a disadvantage if they were not exposed to a thorough and robust Computing Curriculum. Alongside these skills, children should be taught explicitly about the advantages and disadvantages of technology and being online; developing ‘critical thinking’ and awareness about the things they might see and do online.
Our Computing curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and incorporates ‘Teaching online safety in school’ 2019. Within the curriculum we intend our children to become confident with designing, writing and debugging programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be skilled to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
We intend for children at Ludlow will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly using it safely. We want on our children to be aware of the consequences of using the internet, how to keep themselves safe online and equip them with the skills for life in modern Britain.