At Waterfoot Primary School, Computing education is given a high priority, and is seen as critical in helping to equip children in both understanding and changing the world. Computing has links across the curriculum and is an engaging and creative subject for children.
At the centre of this subject is Computer Science itself, in which are pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and programming. The latter starts with understanding and writing simple algorithms in the Key Stage 1, to writing programmes in 'Scratch' in Key Stage 2.
The skills the children learn in Computing help develop their understanding in other subjects of the curriculum, whether it be using data loggers in science or using on-line databases to help research family history. Pupils are also taught how to use digital technologies safely, and how to collaborate using web based such as Google Apps for Education.