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The Computer Science curriculum at Harris Academy Orpington intends to both compliment the wider curriculum intent to guide students in their pursuit of knowledge, understanding and curiosity and developing the ethos that Together we Can succeed, and to promote computational thinking and digital creativity. We want our students to develop the foundations to enable them to be discerning, life-long learners in a fast-moving and evolving landscape. We want the students to assess the effects of this sometimes-disruptive influence and make changes based on a solid knowledge of the technology sector, building their resilience in the face of adversity and an ability to confidently use technology effectively.
All pupils have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill all students must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world and build optimism for the future. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and geography, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Harris Academy Orpington the core of computing is delivered across core subject areas including Maths and Geography where pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology; hardware including laptops, tablets and interactive whiteboards, and Microsoft software, allowing them to continually practice and refine the skills they learn, remaining committed to their own success across the curriculum. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they can express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can:
- Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
- Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum
- Prepare and present their work effectively using computer software.