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

With technology being at the forefront of every aspect of everyday life, at Holly Park we feel it is important for children to develop their computational thinking through the three main areas: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.

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.

Although it’s important to learn about why and how things work when it comes to coding and how to organise and create things using information technology, it’s just as important to learn about how to behave when it comes to using technology. In digital literacy, the children will learn the many positives of technology and being online but also its pitfalls and potential hazards. They will learn how to stay safe and how to behave appropriately when using technology that connects to the internet. Holly Park has many events throughout the year to highlight the importance of e-safety and to keep children and adults up to date with the newest information out there.

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