Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. 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. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Our vision for Computing at Pooles Park is to enable all children to access and engage with technology in a safe, creative and challenging way. We believe that developing an understanding of Computing concepts allows pupils to confidently apply information technology, digital literacy and computer science skills within and across year groups. Pupils initially explore Computing concepts in ‘unplugged’ activities before applying their knowledge using a range of peripheral resources and software tailored to their year group. Online safety underpins all that we do; ensuring that children are responsible users of technology both at home and at school. Our emphasis on self and peer assessment allows pupils to take ownership of and reflect on their learning, progress and next steps.