Computing at Bryn St Peter’s – Statement of Intent
At Bryn St Peter’s we understand that technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating, safe and effective way. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this, in a safe and responsible way.
Our Curriculum Intent
The aim of the National Curriculum is that all pupils can:
- 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.
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Things to try at home to develop your childs (and your own!) coding skills:
- Codecademy – a great starting point to get familiar with code for free.
- Scratch – learn to program your own interactive stories, games and animations and share them around the world.
- Kids Ruby – a fun and easy way to help your child learn Ruby programming.
- The Tynker iPad app is free and offers coding puzzles and games to get you started.
- BBC Bitesize has a Computing area for KS1 and KS2, packed with films and simple explanations.
- Kodu allows children as young as 5 to code their own games. Free download (PC only).
- Try the Barclays Digital Driving Licence for a free online course to computing.