“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.”
“Everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.”
Helping Each Child to Flourish
All pupils at Heworth have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Heworth, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
What Computing looks like at Heworth
- Children understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Children analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Children evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems in cross-curricular projects;
- Children communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum;
- Children’s skills progress for each year group in line with the National Curriculum.
How do our values shine through in Computing?
Children will develop an understanding that not all they read online is true and become discerning consumers of information so they can find reliable source which they can trust.
Children will use the skills they have learned to interact with and discover more about the wider world. This will enable them to become more compassionate for people living in different circumstances.
How do we know children flourish in Computing at Heworth?
- Children will understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Children will be able to discuss and talk about what they have learned.
- Children will be able to use computational thinking to analytically solve problems.
- Children will be responsible, competent and confident creative users of information and communications technology.
- Children’s achievements will be celebrated across school.