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Computing

We want our children to become responsible citizens that leave Emmaus ready to take on the world in the 21st century.  

“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. … 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. … 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.” (Dept. for Education 2013)

To address these aims, our curriculum is designed around three key concepts identified in the National Curriculum:

       1. Digital Literacy

       2. Information Technology

      3.  Computer Science

We also believe it is important to specifically focus on basic skills including how to log on/off, navigate software, use hardware and save and retrieve work to prepare children for the digital world that they will encounter.

 

Online Safety

A crucial and integral part of Computing is to understand how to stay safe online, including being able to make decisions about digital content and being aware of our digital footprint. We educate children about online safety right throughout school and make use of Google’s (2021) ‘Be Internet Legends’ which empowers children to use the web safely so that they can be confident explores of the online world. We chose this programme to underpin our online safety curriculum as it was designed with support from leading experts, including Parent Zone, Internet Matters and CEOP.

Our Concepts and Content Organiser shows what computing knowledge and skills are taught at each stage of children's development.  Our Pedagogy document outlines how we teach computing and some of the thinking that informs our teaching.