With technology playing such a significant role in society, the computing curriculum is designed to develop children with a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will prepare them for their future lives. At Parklands, each computing unit has a specific focus: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information and communication technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stage, allowing children to revisit their learning and develop their knowledge and understanding in greater depth.
At Parklands, we have a collaborative and cross-curricular approach to computing, allowing children to learn together and apply their knowledge from their current topics using different digital platforms. Through teaching computer science, it allows our children to draw on their knowledge of maths and science to become computational thinkers and solve problems through the use of coding.
Through working collaboratively, pupils become increasingly discerning in evaluating online content and their own and others’ work. Ultimately, preparing our pupils for secondary school and to be active participants in a digital world. Online safety is embedded throughout each unit, enabling children to understand how to use technology safely and responsibly. Pupils will leave Parklands Primary School as confident, capable and creative users of digital technology, with a secure understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and as safe, responsible and discerning digital citizens.