“Computer science is a liberal art.”

Steve Jobs

We are preparing our pupils for the digital world; we are unlocking their potential. Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.

We intend to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective and safe way.

Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.

We recognise that the internet is an exciting tool that is a window to the world. It is important, however, that we educate children on how to access information safely and to protect themselves in a virtual world.

Our overall aim is to enhance learning in all areas of the curriculum through the use of computing. By the time they leave Rufforth Primary School, children will have gained key knowledge and skills 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)
  • 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.