Statement of Intent
Purpose of Study
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both artificial and natural 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 suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Who is the St Nicholas Computer Scientist?
The St Nicholas Computer Scientist is a responsible, competent, confident and creative user of a variety of hardware and software. They can analyse and solve problems and use this when working with programs and algorithms. They understand how the internet works and are discerning about search results. The St Nicholas Computer Scientist can apply their digital literacy skills to create, save and retrieve content across a number of technologies. They can make connections with other areas of learning and understand the importance of technology in the wider world.
St Nicholas Curriculum Rationale
• Objectives across all strands of computing revisited and embedded within and across year groups and key stages to ensure cumulative fluency;
• Pupils make connections between and across curriculum areas and apply this understanding to a range of purposeful, engaging and practical contexts;
• Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills helps to develop pupils’ character
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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