Computing and ICT

At Castle Primary School we aim to provide a high-quality computing education which will allow 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. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.

Children at Castle Primary School have weekly computing lessons. In these lessons we provide a range of computing equipment, such as laptops, iPads, Bee-Bots, etc, to allow the children to explore and achieve a range of computing skills. Below are the skills taught throughout each Eey Stage.

In Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

Pupils are taught to

  • understand what algorithms are
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

In Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Pupils are taught to

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks including the internet
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact