Computing

Intent

At Trinity, we want children to be confident digital citizens who use technology in an effective and safe way.

We believe that technology:

  • can complement and enhance learning in all subject areas;
  • is a vital life skill that will help all children develop;
  • carries huge potential, and with that potential important rights and responsibilities.

Implementation

The Computing curriculum at Trinity follows these core areas:

  1. Programming – the ability to control a computer and make it follow instructions to achieve a goal or target;
  2. Data – using databases, spreadsheets, search functions and sorting to arrange data in a useful way;
  3. Media – using online media sources (including social media) and understanding the importance of recognising reliable sources of information;
  4. The Impact of Technology – understanding of the way technology is used in a real life situation (for example running simulations to predict outcomes of different scenarios)

There are separate (similar) strands for the EYFS curriculum that introduce children to the basics of online safety and using different types of technology.

Underpinning all Computing learning is the issue of online safety.  This is taught explicitly and regularly throughout each year group, at an age appropriate level and using recommended websites and software.

We use the South Gloucestershire/Integra Scheme of Work for Computing as a basis for our planning, and adapt as necessary for our classes.  In addition to teaching specific computing skills, lessons link to other subject areas where appropriate.

Impact

  • Children who connect safely and responsibly with others.
  • Learners who are digitally literate, communicating effectively using applications and devices.
  • Confident coders with an understanding of how digital systems work.
  • Children who collect, organise and manipulate data.
  • Children who are creative and can problem-solve in an ever-changing digital world.

Computing Skills Progression