Upperwood ICT and Computing Curriculum
ICT and Computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. 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. 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.
Our ICT and Computing curriculum 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.
ICT is an extremely powerful tool that enhances teaching and learning both within and outside the classroom. It is imperative that our children are taught how to use and access digital content safely and understand how to respond appropriately to unsafe situations.
Our curriculum ensures that our children are taught about E Safety throughout their time at Upperwood. Regular safety assemblies, E Safety days and trained visitors highlight the importance of staying safe on the internet and how to deal with potential issues when at school or at home.
Pupils have access to the computer suite, where they develop and refine their ICT and Computing skills and apply them into other curriculum subjects. Also pupils have access to iPad technology, which is used in a variety of different ways; firstly to develop ICT and Computing skills, but also as a teaching and learning tool to enhance curriculum content within lessons. iPad technology allows our pupils to become independent learners, as it empowers them to develop their own knowledge and understanding of the topics and themes they are studying within the classroom.