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‘In a world that’s increasingly run on technology, computer science is a liberal art that every student should be exposed to regardless of their path in life’ Hadi Partovi

At Bishops Down Primary School we follow the National Curriculum 2014 for Computing. To enhance our curriculum coverage we run a Digital Leaders Club for KS2 children and all classes have access to a bank of Ipads that can be used to support their Independent Learning Activities. All units of work across the school begin with a ‘Keeping Safe Online’ lesson (see our online safety policy)

In the Early Years children are encouraged to:

  • Recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
  • They are able to select and use technology for particular purposes.

At Key stage 1 pupils are taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

At Key stage 2 pupils are taught to:

  • 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 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

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