A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
● Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation At Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community, encouraging all to grow and flourish as precious children of God. Learning is centred around experiencing the joy of discovery. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values, with a vision to prepare our children to be life-long learners, rooted in our school motto: To be the best we can be: For God, for others and for ourselves. Christian Values Love Hope Forgiveness Trust Peace Reverence Justice 3
● Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
● Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
● Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
The computing curriculum is carefully and coherently sequenced to enable our children to develop a growing knowledge of the themes outlined above. Pupils’ knowledge builds towards clearly defined end points so teachers and leaders know what we expect our pupils to achieve by the end of each topic, each year and each key stage. To meet the educational needs of our school community we have selected the following core knowledge concepts as a focus for our teaching. These are explored in increasing depth as pupils move through the school.
● Computer Science
● Information Technology
● Digital Literacy
Computing is taught as a discrete subject, though meaningful links are made with other subjects in our curriculum (such as creating digital storybooks written in literacy lessons). The topics we teach are outlined in the curriculum map for computing (see Appendix 1). This is published on our website. To support the high quality knowledge rich teaching lessons we aim for, the school subscribes to ‘Purple Mash’ teaching scheme. All teaching materials are adapted to meet the requirements of our Christian vision and curriculum intent.