Computing Statement of Intent
Resilient Respectful Inspired Curious
Computing specialists at Yeadon Westfield Junior School
At Yeadon Westfield Junior school, we aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The intent of our computing curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. It is our vision that learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers, and allow them to develop creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
At YWJS our children are given the opportunities to develop their computer skills using a range of IT equipment, including a full computing suite and ipads, to provide them with the computing knowledge that they will need for the rest of their lives. We use an adapted curriculum based on the Rising Stars Switched on Computing scheme of work, which includes the important coverage of online safety. This has also been adapted to meet the needs of the children that attend YWJS and also linked to our whole school curriculum themes.
We strive to inspire our pupils to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. We want our children to have gained key knowledge and skills and a curiosity in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond. We aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will allow them to operate in the 21st century workplace.
'Alan Turing gave us a mathematical model of digital computing that has completely withstood the test of time. He gave us a very, very clear description that was truly prophetic.'