Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. The national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. The three aspects of the computing curriculum are computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
At St Margaret's, we currently use the Rising Stars programme of study as a foundation for our computing scheme of work. Through our many diverse units pupils 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.
We have invested in our IT infrastructure to be able to have a networked IT bank of laptops, capable of giving each child in a class of 31, a computer each.