Computers are now part of everyday life. Through the teaching of computing we aim to equip pupils at West Hill Primary School with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Our children will develop an understanding of computer science, become digitally literate and be able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.
During Key Stage 1 pupils will find and use information to answer questions and sort and organise information presenting it in different forms. They will use simple editing and formatting techniques to develop their work and describe how they use technology to develop their work. Pupils will use technology to communicate with others following instructions on safe use. They will plan and give instructions to make things happen or to control devices. They will also describe the effects and make informed choices when using technology to explore what happens in real and imaginary situations.
During Key Stage 2 pupils will refine searches to find, select and use information, questioning its reliability. They will develop an understanding of the need for collecting information in a format that is suitable for processing and will interpret their findings, question plausibility and recognise that poor-quality information leads to unreliable results. Pupils will develop simple technology-based models to explore patterns and relationships, and make predictions about the consequences of their decisions. They will plan, test and refine sequences of instructions. Pupils will create and combine different forms of information, refining and presenting it for a particular purpose, showing an awareness of audience and the need for quality. They will communicate and exchange information and ideas with others, collaborating to develop and improve work. In addition this will develop an understanding of the benefits of online communication and how to manage some of the risks associated with the digital environment. Pupils will be able to compare their use of technology with other methods and with its use outside school.
At West Hill Primary School we aim to deliver computing lessons which are relevant and meaningful to the children. Although the technicalities of computing will be taught individually, these will also be linked to the topics covered in other areas of the curriculum. In Maths many aspects of statistics can be enhanced and developed in computing. Undertaking research in history, geography and RE on the Internet provides a different source of information and allows pupils to explore a range of presentation styles. In English reading and writing are integral parts of the wider use of computing.