Computing at Tritlington Church of England School
“Let your light shine as a digital citizen.”
At Tritlington First School we want pupils to be MASTERS of technology and not slaves to it. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in pupils’ lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology (especially social media) to model positive use. We recognise that the best prevention for many of the issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education. Building our knowledge in this subject will allow pupils to effectively demonstrate their learning through creative use of technology.
We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils to become skilful computer scientists. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and our aim is that by the end of year 4 children will have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
Tritlington First School takes internet safety extremely seriously. We have an E-Safety and Acceptable Use Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the Internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on E-Safety (this is part of our computing and PSHE curriculum) and children understand how to stay safe when using technology. Information for parents is included in our Safeguarding section on the school website and we include E-Safety updates in our newsletters too.
Our scheme of work for Computing is adapted from the ‘Teach Computing’ Curriculum and covers all aspects of the National Curriculum. This scheme was chosen as it has been created by subject experts and based on the latest pedagogical research. It provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks called learning graphs.
The curriculum aims to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to thrive in the digital world of today and the future. The curriculum can be broken down into 3 strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy, with the aims of the curriculum reflecting this distinction.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure all pupils: can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation (Computer science) can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems (Computer science) can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems (Information technology) are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital literacy)
We have long term and medium term plans which outline a sequence of lessons for each term, carefully planning for progression and depth. Teacher assessment is measured against the key knowledge and skills taught and other ongoing forms of assessment are used.
Our pupils enjoy and value Computing and know why they are doing things, not just how. Pupils will understand and appreciate the value of Computing in the context of their personal wellbeing and the technological, creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.
Progress in Computing is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising pupils' work to ensure that progression of skills is taking place.
Staff do this through: Looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge Observing how they perform in lessons Talking to them about what they know The Computing curriculum will contribute to pupils’ personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work including how to use the internet safely and securely and sharing their work with others.