Computing at Powells
The National Curriculum for computing has been developed to equip children in the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the programmes of study for computing, children will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
Powell’s School have developed a curriculum which is pertaining to the lives of our children and which is reflective of our local community. We recognise that computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work.
At Powell’s we believe that ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this technologically rich world in which we live. We value computational thinking as 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 pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.
We believe that computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.