IT and Computing
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. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Chilton, our computing curriculum allows both our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils to develop and build their knowledge and understanding to become digitally literate and active participants in the continually evolving digital world. We have invested in a wide range of equipment (including laptops, notebooks, Chromebooks and iPads) that enable our children to gain competence and confidence across several different digital devices. Computing at Chilton involves a great deal of cross-curricular study and has particularly deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.
Children in Key Stage 1 will learn basic programming (creating simple algorithms) and debugging, how to use technology to create, save and retrieve digital content and how to recognise common uses of IT outside of school.
In Key Stage 2, children will design and create more advanced algorithms that achieve specific goals, debug and solve problems within their programs. They will gain a better understanding of computer networks and the opportunities they provide (e.g. world wide web), use and evaluate search engines and select appropriately and use confidently a variety of different software for a variety of different purposes such as presenting information.
Children will also learn how to stay safe online, use technology respectfully and responsibly, how to recognise inappropriate behaviour and what to do/who to communicate with if they have any concerns over content or contact.