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Why is the teaching of Computing so important?  


In an ever-developing technological world, it is fair to say that computers are an integral part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. So at St Swithun Wells, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to participate effectively in this digital world.

The National Curriculum for Computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundation skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.

This has been divided into 3 strands:

Computer Science: We believe the core of computing is Computer Science. This is where pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Information Technology: Building on their knowledge of Computer Science, our pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Digital Literacy: We ensure that pupils become digitally literate. This means that children will be able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. This includes using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. All our children will be able to identify a range of ways to report and deal with concerns when faced with inappropriate content and contact, when using technology.


Overall, our main aim  at St Swithun Wells is to get children working at a level suitable for the future workplace and to be an active, responsible and creative participant in a digital world, moving from being merely users of computers and software to becoming confident and imaginative explorers, inventors and problem solvers of computers, systems and software.