Computing

Our Computing Intent

‘Alan Turing gave us a mathematical model of digital computing that has completely withstood the test of time. He gave us a very, very clear description that was truly prophetic.’ George Dyson

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, our aim at Holly Park Primary School is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.

By the time they leave Holly Park, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum:

  • computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work),
  • information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and
  • digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).

The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.

Through the study of computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their lives.

Computing Devices

At Holly Park we have an ever-growing list of technology that teachers and children have access to in order to engage with the curriculum.

These include:

  • Ipads,
  • Chromebooks
  • Beebots
  • Car robots
  • Digital cameras
  • Visualisers

As they progress through the school, children are taught through the three main strands of:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Digital Literacy

Through Digital Literacy children are taught about:

  • Conduct
  • Contact
  • Content

There is a clear progression of skills in computing. Please see our progression of skills documents attached for Computing: Computing Curriculum

Developing Computing vocabulary is also very important.

Here is a progression of vocabulary development: Computing vocabulary sheet