Becoming Digital Citizens
The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Jesus for good works...
Computing at Whitegate CE Primary School
At Whitegate CE Primary School we aim to provide our pupils with a high-quality 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. 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.
At Whitegate we split Computing into the 3 main strands and then a further strand for becoming Digital Citizens:
Digital Literacy: Pupils learn to use technology to express themselves and develop their ideas.
Information Technology: Pupils learn to use technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Computer Science: Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Each year we train a small group of student technicians to help deliver these lessons across the school.
Digital Citizens: Becoming safe and wise users of technology. Part of our E-Safety teachings.
The aims of teaching computing in our school are 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
Websites we recommend to explore:
Computing at School - Home Learning (KS1 and KS2):
UK Safer Internet Centre (KS1 and KS2):
Barefoot (KS1 and KS2):
BBC Bitesize (KS1 and KS2):
Hour of Code activities:
If you have any questions about our Computing curriculum, please contact Mr Thomas
(subject lead) via the school office.
Our school delivers the Computing curriculum through topic areas and discrete lessons. We have a range of equipment to enable us to do this: programmable toys such as Beebots, interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads. In Foundation Stage, children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
Key Stage One
Key Stage Two