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Computing

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"A new command I give you: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another," (John 13:34).

Inspired by Jesus’ example, the Trent school community
aims to serve one another in love.

We show kindness to others because God has shown us great kindness.

We live thankful lives because every good thing comes from God.
And we persevere, not giving up, because God is our helper.

Computing is the study of how to use the technology in our world today, we study it acknowledging that God is the creator of all things.

Computing helps us to gain an understanding of God’s world. We can be thankful for the ever developing advances in technology and multimedia which enable children to understand, visualise and capture God’s design and creativity to share with a range of audiences. Through the kindness that God has shown us, we can extend this kindness to others online and when we support the community through collaborative use of multimedia. God has created a world with order and balance, we encourage the children to seek balance when using technology in their lives. As we explore algorithms in our programming, we have opportunities to persevere through complex programs with the knowledge that God is with them.

Intent

In line with the National Curriculum (2014), we aim to ensure children are receiving high-quality computing whereby they are able to use their computational thinking and creativity to deepen their understanding of our ever changing world. At Trent, Computing is taught discretely with cross-curricular links made where appropriate. Through discrete lessons, children can develop their knowledge and application in incremental steps in order to ensure misconceptions are tackled throughout their learning process. With respect to cross-curricular links, the children at Trent are provided with opportunities to apply their skills in mathematics, science, art and design and design and technology. Furthermore, by encouraging children to see the relevance of computing across the curriculum, we promote invention and resourcefulness to prepare our children to function appropriately in Modern Britain.

At Trent Primary School, we believe that computational thinking is vital in helping children to solve problems, design systems, and understand the power and limits of human machine intelligence. The pupils at Trent, are given opportunities to think logically, use algorithms, recognise patterns, abstract, generalise and evaluate in order to build their understanding of computational thinking. Pupils will be empowered to become creative, logical and critical thinkers, who reason systematically and work collaboratively.

Our pupils are able to find things out, exchange and share information, review, modify and evaluate their work. Through their learning in computing they advance their knowledge of how computers, software, the internet, the web and search engines work with a critical understanding of how these technologies impact on their lives and on society.

 

Pupils at Trent develop their knowledge of fundamental concepts and principles of computer science to include abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.  Our pupils learn to analyse and breakdown problems into logical steps and to create programs through Scratch, FMS Logo and Crumble software. Throughout the school, the pupils learn about physical computing in order to support their understanding when programming using software. This begins with Beebots in EYFS and KS1 and ends with micro:bits in KS2.

 Risk taking and innovation is enriched through the computer science, as children become independent and skillful users of digital technology. We aim for the children to develop their competence and confidence and gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers (through unplugged activities). As children become digitally literate, they become able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.

 Online Safety is taught throughout the year, ensuring that pupils know how to stay safe online and know the steps to take if they have any concerns. Online safety is closely linked to the RHE curriculum and our intended end points which related to RHE are explicit throughout our curriculum. We also promote online safety during Safer Internet Day every year.

Implementation

At Trent, computing is embedded in the curriculum and taught in discreet computing lessons. The computing curriculum has been developed from the National Curriculum (2014) with our targets broken down into five strands: Online Safety (Digital Literacy), Programming (Computer Science), Data and Information (Information Technology), Creating Media (Information Technology) and Computing Systems and Networks (Computer Science). These strands ensure our children have a secure coverage of the curriculum and our pupils able to develop their depth of knowledge with respect to their declarative knowledge and procedural knowledge. By teaching discreetly and with topic links, pupils at Trent Primary School are able to see the value of computing to their presenting skills and the importance of computing to the digital life.  In order to support pupil knowledge, teachers receive training, where appropriate of new developments in computing.

Within each computing lesson, pupils at Trent revisit their previous learning through and are introduced to new vocabulary. This helps pupils to apply subject specific terminology within their lessons. In each unit, we have mini-questions for pupils to answer in support of our enquiry-led approach to learning.

Impact

Through our Computing curriculum, the children are able to explore the breadth and depth of the National Curriculum (2014) and learn within a coherent and progressive framework. Through our integrated computing and discreet computing lessons, pupils are able to understand the purpose and value of their learning and see its relevance to their past, present and future. Furthermore, through our project links, the children are able to develop and demonstrate their creativity, whether it be through making a Podcast about the Romans or Word to publish their writing.

We provide enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom through Safer Internet Day where the children focus on Online Safety.

Below are some links with activities about Online Safety:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s

https://www.bbc.com/ownit

 

Should you wish to support your children with their computing learning here are some fun websites:

https://abitofcs4fn.org/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/nina-go-digital-game

https://scratch.mit.edu/