Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computing plays a large part of our everyday life. This technology is essential to our daily routines, at home and at work. Computing is a practical subject, in which invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. Therefore it is important that we provide every child from an early age with the computational thinking skills required to excel in their education and in the workplace. In doing this, they will be able to participate effectively in this fast developing digital world.
The Computing National Curriculum in England recently experienced significant changes with the focus shifting away from digital literacy, placing a larger emphasis on computer science and IT.
At Merton Infant School we believe Computer Science embodies logic, perseverance and problem solving. Therefore we equip all children with specific problem solving and evaluative skills required to sequence instructions to generate an outcome. They will be using different programming languages to input their instructions and debug electronic devices and software. Children will develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of how computers and computer networks work and how information is distributed and viewed via the World Wide Web.
IT is the understanding how the computer works, and how to maintain work on computers - file and folder structure and naming files appropriately. It also encourages children to troubleshoot problems with the computer and understand wider issues about the impact of using computers in our society.
Digital Literacy concentrates on the children having the skills, knowledge and understanding to use ICT as a tool for learning. These skills are embedded in all areas of the National Curriculum enriching, and inspiring them to produce work beyond that of published media.
Interwoven in to all aspects of computing is E-Safety. Children are taught how to keep safe in this ever changing digital world and the steps to take if problems or worries arise.