Computing

At Beaucroft, Computing is not taught as a discreet subject.  The Computing Curriculum is explored through a broad range of subjects across the school.

National Curriculum: Programmes of Study

Pupils should be taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • 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

Computing Terms & Language

Algorithm

An algorithm is a step by step method of solving a problem or completing a task.

Debugging

This is the process of finding a mistake in our algorithm that will stop us from successfully completing the task.

Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning determines if algorithms will work by predicting what happens when the algorithm’s steps – and the rules they consist of – are followed.

Practising Computing Concepts: Food Tech – Making Toast

Here is an example of how you may see Computing taught at Beaucroft School:

Algorithm

Follow a sequence of instructions to make toast – at what stage do I add butter to my toast? Do I prefer to add jam or chocolate spread to my toast?

Debugging

Why is my bread not toasted?  Did I click the toaster on properly?

Logical Reasoning

If I put the butter on top of the jam, will I still like the toast?

Additional Computing Goals

Create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

  • Deleting unwanted photos and videos on iPads and cameras.
  • Sharing photos and videos from outings.
  • Searching for images and videos of topics/high interest subjects online using a web browser.
  • Logging in to software, such as Busythings.

Practising common uses of information technology beyond school

  • Using microwaves, toasters, fridges, ovens and dishwashers.
  • Using lifts and escalators.
  • Travelling on minibuses, buses, taxis, cars, trains, planes and boats.
  • Using remote controls and tablets.
  • Using pedestrian crossings appropriately.
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