Critical to their success in education and in their chosen careers, students need to be able to use and express themselves through ever-advancing information and communication technology.
At the Alice Smith School, both within Computing lessons and as part of other lessons, we help our students to become competent and confident users of different types of ICT.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Students will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
We encourage them to be independent, discerning users of technology embracing its capabilities, recognising opportunities but always using the strategies to stay safe. Students learn to find and select information from digital and online sources; create, manipulate and process information using technology; collaborate, communicate and share their information and refine and improve their work.
Why is computational thinking so important? It allows us to solve problems, design systems, and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and one that all children should be aware of and develop competence in. We develop in our students so which help them to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future. From programming to green screen documentaries, we are equipping our students with the skills needed for a future none of us can predict.