The aims of the National Curriculum for computing are:
- 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.
At Almondsbury Primary we enable our children to develop their technological skills thorugh a variety of hardware and software. The children have opportunties to use iPads, Netbooks, control devices (including Bee Bots, Probots and Traffic Lights), cameras, Interactive Whiteboards, data loggers, digital microscopes and other similar resources.
Computing is timetabled for every class to develop the skills of:
- programming (e.g. Mission Control, Flowol, Go)
- coding (e.g. Scratch, Alice, Crystal Rainforest)
- e-safety (e.g. Hector's World, SMART crew, Cyber Cafe)
- research (e.g. internet search engines)
- communication (e.g. emails, wikis, word processessing, design, Pressi)
- data collection and handling (e.g. Excel, 2simple)
There are also many opportunites to transfer these skills and extend their knowledge and understanding across the curriculum.
We aim to make computing purposeful, engaging and challenging in order to prepare them for their future in an ever developing technical world.