‘We seek to transform the lives of our children within a Christian environment, nurturing the wellbeing of each child, promoting the highest academic achievement and instilling a lifelong love of learning.’
I alone know the plans I have for you; plans for the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11
God’s plans for us are limitless. He knows us best and plans for us to reach our unique and individual potential, shaped in the palm of His hand. This potential may reveal itself when we least expect it, just like God’s love being revealed to us. We believe that we are shaping children, not just in the present, but also for the future – enabling them to be global citizens in God’s rapidly changing world, celebrating life in all its fullness.
In Computing at Christ Church, we aim for all our pupils to be confident, resilient and creative in their use of technology, recognising it as a useful tool or resource which is able to enhance their work and life skills. Through rigorous, recurring coverage of internet safety, pupils are taught how to stay safe online, including the role of privacy and passwords. They are made aware of the need to identify accuracy of facts through the checking of various sources and the importance of the responsible use of social media. Skills of logical reasoning and resilience are developed through the design and writing of programs alongside the detection of errors, correcting them and debugging as necessary. Pupils will be able to choose the best tool for the job, whether that is collecting, presenting or analysing data; controlling or simulating physical systems; searching for information or working with variables. They will develop their ability to use computing as a tool across other subjects. At the end of Key Stage 2 pupils will be equipped with the positive attitude, resilience and knowledge of computing which will allow them to go forward as responsible users of technology and skills for life.
- To understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- To analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- To evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- To be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- To have a greater awareness of the chronology of computing and technology, including how people communicate
Computing is taught in dedicated weekly sessions to enable children to learn and develop all the necessary skills relating to computing science, information technology and digital literacy. All classes follow comprehensive units of work from Purple Mash, which progress through the year groups, in order to gain a secure grounding of these skills. All units of work are assessed by class teachers and consolidation work takes place as necessary. Children apply these skills in other areas such as programming Crumble kits to enhance work in Design Technology, Maths or Science. The use of computing for gathering and presenting information is also cross-curricular. Children use laptops and tablets in developing their computing skills, including word processing skills and use of apps. Alongside dedicated internet safety units of work, we participate in Internet Safety Week and include keeping safe online as part of PSHE and Anti-Bullying Week. Regular information or reminders for parents about new apps/games, social media trends or potential issues are included on the school’s weekly newsletter.
Children’s skills and knowledge are assessed at the end of each unit. We aim for all children to be able to apply skills in a cross curricular fashion, employing computing as a tool to enhance their work. They gain resilience through programming and de-bugging activities. By gaining a thorough understanding of internet safety, pupils know their responsibilities as citizens in society and know how to keep themselves safe online. Children develop the skills and understanding which allow them to foster skills for life in a world with ever-changing technological advances.