At Trinity St Mary’s, we recognise that the use of technology is not only an integral part of the national curriculum, but also a key skill for everyday life, particularly in modern times. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At TSM, we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively.
The aims of computing at Trinity St Mary’s are to:
- provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum of computing for all pupils;
- meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for computing;
- use computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum;
- to respond to new developments in technology;
- to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use computing throughout their later life;
- to develop the understanding of how to use technology safely and responsibly.
At Trinity St Mary’s, we believe that computing:
- gives pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials.
- can present information in new ways which help pupils understand access and use it more readily.
- can motivate and enthuse pupils.
- can help pupils focus and concentrate.
- offers potential for effective group working.
- has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.
At TSM, we use the Teach Computing scheme devised by STEM Computing. We offer opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each area, and we ensure that there is ongoing progression that offers the children an increasing challenge as they move through the school. To achieve this, we ensure that the learning completed in computing builds upon prior learning and that gaps in learning are addressed before moving forwards. Each academic year begins with a unit on networks and computer systems which helps children to progressively build on their knowledge. Children are able to use a wide range of resources and software during their lessons such as: BeeBots, Data Loggers, Chromebooks, iPads, Scratch, Logo and much more.
Whilst internet safety is included in our Teach Computing scheme, at TSM, we also teach dedicated Internet safety lessons from Reception-Year 6 to ensure children are able to safely engage with technology.