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Computing at St Michael’s
Name of Lead: Mr Ferry


At St Michael’s we are dedicated to delivering a high quality computing education for all children. We do this by making sure that our curriculum equips them with the ability to use computational thinking, using their own creativity to problem solve and giving them an understanding of and an ability to change the world.


Our computing curriculum is taught from EYFS to year 6. These skills are built upon year on year, until the end of year Key Stage Two where children will emerge accomplished in many aspects of computing.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. In order to be ready for, and have the skills to fully participate in the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world, pupil’s at St Michael’s will become digitally literate as they will be able to express themselves and develop their ideas through the use of information technology whilst also having full awareness of how to be safe online in a responsible, confident and creative way.


To enable our children to be ICT ready, they will be able to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms, and data representation. Alongside this, they will be competent at analysing patterns in computational terms through having repeated practical experience of writing computer programmes. To develop their ideas and ability to analyse and solve problems the children will also be able to evaluate and apply both familiar and new/unfamiliar technologies with confidence and with enthusiasm.


The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

·  can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation

·  can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

·  can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems

·  are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.



     Key Stage 1

Pupils should be 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.


Key Stage 2

Pupils should be 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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