‘Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st
century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.’ - Stephen Hawking
At Tilston Parochial CE Primary, we believe computing is a tool of everyday life rather than an annexed subject that is perceived as standalone and separate from the rest of the curriculum.
With technology playing a significant role in society today, we believe meaningful computing skills must be taught to children if they are to participate effectively and safely in this ever-developing digital world. We believe teaching pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent computer users is not only a necessity for success whilst in education, but will also enable our children to have the lifelong skills necessary to flourish beyond their time in school.
We recognise that strong computing skills will help forge better home and school links and also enthuse and equip children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives, opportunities which may not always be readily available at home.
Our key aim is that children learn and develop the skills they need to become ‘digitally literate’ and to use different devices with skill and confidence. Our computing curriculum seeks to go beyond the functional aspects of computing, beyond pure computation and output, but also allow our children to build their perseverance and resilience, to test their logical thinking and problem solving skills, to be creative in new ways and have the opportunity to appraise, tweak and improve their work. By allowing these skills to underpin our computing curriculum, we seek to engage ALL children in computing, regardless of initial interest or home exposure. Allowing all children to identify how they can flourish within the computing curriculum helps to achieve our goal of building the wider curriculum as well as the life skills we desire.