"Alan Turing gave us a mathematical model of digital computing that has completely withstood the test of time. He gave us a very, very clear description that was truly prophetic."
At Bowness Primary School, we recognise that computing is an essential part of everyday life and we aim to equip our pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world by ensuring pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our pupils are taught to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation; analyse problems in computational programs, in order to solve such problems; evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies so that they are analytical to solve problems and be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of our digital generation.
In conjunction with the aims of the National Curriculum, our computing key concepts and ideas are:
- Children will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; keeping personal information private, recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and identifying ways to report concerns.
- Children will use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs then put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Children will gain an understanding of digital systems including computer networks and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration and how to use them effectively as an active participant in a digital world using computational thinking and creativity.
- Children will select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish goals and collect, analyse, evaluate and present data and information.
- Children will have a greater knowledge of the potential career opportunities available to them, broaden their horizons and gain an understanding that jobs and careers are not bound by social mobility or gender stereotypes.
- Children will be digitally literate and understand that computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology.
At Bowness children have an ICT day each half term. We use a published scheme created by Kapow. In this scheme children at Bowness will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
After the implementation of the computing curriculum, children at Bowness will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.
Characteristics of a Techie
- Competence in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects.
- The ability to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity.
- An understanding of the connected nature of devices.
- The ability to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum.
- The ability to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.
Aspirations for the Future
Pupils develop an understanding of how subjects and specific skills are linked to future jobs.
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Techie:
- Head of Architecture
- Building Society Manager
- Ethical Hacker