‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’
Computing Programme of Study 2014
At Holy Trinity, this means that by the time pupils leave our school they will be able to understand how to use technology safely and will be able to utilise technology to express themselves as participants of an ever-increasing digital world. The Computing curriculum is split into three strands which are all taught at Holy Trinity. They are Computer Science, where our pupils will become confident in understanding the principles of computation and able to use programming to accomplish specific goals, Information Technology, where our pupils are able to use a variety of programs so that they can create and present data using a variety of programs dependent on their audience and the purpose of the data and Digital Literacy, where our pupils will understand how to be a good digital citizen and they can act appropriately when using information and communication technology. This coverage guarantees that by the time pupils leave our school, they do so as competent technology users.
Here at Holy Trinity our SLE for Computing: Sarah Hudson, has been a part of the DASCo Computing committee who have created a scheme of work for the new Computing curriculum that all DASCo schools in the local area can use.
The scheme of work covers all of the curriculum points that the pupils need to learn through a range of exciting and varying lessons.
As well as weaving the Digital Literacy strand through every other lesson, we also teach online safety discreetly twice a term, to ensure the pupils are receiving the important messages around this area loud and clear. We are very proud of the two online safety awards our school has earnt.
Background on the changes from the new curriculum:
The 2014 national curriculum introduced a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT. These changes provide an even more exciting and rigorous curriculum that addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world in which we live.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.
The focus of the new programme of study undeniably moves towards programming and other aspects of computer science. Programming has been part of the primary national curriculum right from the start, as ‘control’ or ‘sequencing instructions’
There are three strands to the new curriculum:
Computer Science: Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Information Technology: Pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Digital Literacy: 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. (This is the online-safety element that is weaved in through every lesson.)
At Holy Trinity, pupils are given the opportunity to become a Digital Leader when they reach Year 4. As part of this role pupils are able to support pupils in lessons, aid staff in the care of the technology in school and play a part in the leadership of the Computing curriculum.