Computing at Poulton Lancelyn Primary School offers an ambitious, progressive curriculum, which equips our pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world. Every day activities are being increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology and Computing ensures that our pupils’ ‘cultural capital’ is being developed in conjunction with it. Pupils use computing to find, explore, analyse and present information responsibly and creatively. It promotes initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use different programmes and computing skills to best effect.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use deeper thinking and digital skills to understand and change the world. Our computing curriculum has deep links with STEM and although Computing at Poulton Lancelyn meets both the aims and programme of study of the National Curriculum, children are able to develop their basic computing skills through other subject areas.
The Computing curriculum is divided into three main areas: computer science, digital literacy and information technology.
The core area 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 and coding.
The second area of the curriculum is information technology, which deals with applying computer systems to solve real-world problems. Things that have long been part of Computing in school, such as finding things out, exchanging and sharing information, and reviewing, modifying and evaluating work, remain as important now, for a broad and balanced technological education.
The third is digital literacy, where children are able to express themselves and develop their ideas using computer science and information technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.