The Moor Hall 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.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Pupils are encouraged to use their computational thinking skills to problem solve in all areas and build their confidence by taking part in the annual Bebras Computational Thinking challenge.
Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Through the use of Scratch block coding, the children are able to create and share code, often collaborating with their peers, evaluating and improving their own work and suggesting improvements to others. Exploration is encouraged and mistakes are celebrated, with the understanding that coding takes perseverance, and every error is an opportunity to learn something new.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Internet safety is a priority, with digital wellbeing and responsible online behaviour taught to all year groups.
With the ubiquitous, ever-advancing nature of computing we aim to teach our children to be curious, creative and confident in the use of computers; giving them the skills to benefit from, and contribute to, a digital world full of opportunities.