At Micklem Primary School, Computing is an integral part of our school life. It prepares children to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technologies.
ICT is used across the curriculum with children using it as naturally as any other classroom resource. Computing at Micklem caters for all children, taking into consideration all learning style as well as SEN and Gifted and Talented children. We believe computing at Micklem will allow the children to become confident users of new technology, therefore, equipping them for their future working lives. We are aware that continuing professional development for staff is paramount to success and positive promotion of ICT in school, especially in regards to the use of new technologies.
At Micklem, alongside the aims of the National Curriculum, the children are taught computer science through different modules, which are delivered for one week each half term. In addition to this, the children are taught ICT skills through core subjects. This includes use of laptops, iPads, programmable devices, interactive whiteboards (which are in all classrooms) as well as many other devices.
Our computing teaching offers opportunities for children to:
Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
use search technologies purposefully and effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.