A high-quality computing education equips pupils with the skills they need to excel in our modern world and the 21st Century global economy.
Children need to build a vital confidence, knowledge and understanding of the way technologies work - and how internet-connected systems can be employed - in order to adapt flexibly to rapid change over the coming years.
The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can 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
Together with Computing Leads across the Trust, we have looked closely at the National Curriculum's Computing content and used it as a starting point for devising the Digital Learning Cornwall Framework. The objectives are broken down into manageable, sequenced chunks for children over the six year groups, that widen the scope and reach of the subject to reflect its ever-growing importance in our world.
The map of objectives is framed into three broad strands:
Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Aspire's bespoke framework provides children with a broad, balanced set of learning experiences. Mawgan-in-Pydar School have invested heavily in a wide range of hardware and software, as well as a multitude of high-quality, easy-to-access learning experiences that benefit both teaching and learning.
The children progress through the framework based on key knowledge-based objectives being re-visited and expanded upon, allowing time to build solid foundations in their long-term understanding of Computing.