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Computing

“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”  DfE

With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe that children must learn computational thinking to be able to participate effectively and safely in our digital world.  Government research shows that digital skills are not only considered essential for most jobs in the present, but this will only increase in the future with careers focused on digital skills being less at risk of automaton.  Teaching computing and computational thinking actively develops children’s problem solving, creative thinking and risk-taking, as well as logical and systematic thought processes.  

Our commitment to teaching safe and respectful use of technology is at the heart of our computing curriculum, supporting our children’s future wellbeing and safety.  Learning and teaching within the computing curriculum empowers children to become digitally confident in their daily lives, which helps to prepare them to become independent users of technology beyond the classroom.

At Tunbury, our computing curriculum is focused on the progressive development of children's computing skills.  This is achieved through both cross-curricular and discretely taught lessons.  Through this approach, lessons develop children’s computational thinking skills, conceptual knowledge of computer science and application of digital literacy skills.  At Tunbury, we use the Teach Computing scheme to ensure that learning progresses logically, is up to date and relevant.  This scheme is founded on the latest research from the National Centre for Computing Education and supports staff subject knowledge.

The Tunbury computing curriculum consists of four key themes: computing systems and networks, programming (using languages such as scratch), data and information and creating media. These themes are revisited throughout both key stages, meaning knowledge and skills are consolidated, building on prior learning within that theme.  Core and overarching themes such as how to be safe and behave in the online world are taught through explicit lessons, as well as throughout our wider curriculum, including PHSE.  

Pupil voice - what do Tunbury learners think about Computing?

Y4 pupil: "In computing I love figuring different ways to do things and make things move.”

Y6 pupil: “Computing is important as it teaches you to break things down to multiple steps and how they link to each other.”

Y6 pupil: “Computing lets you see how in code all things link and how different people think in a different way to do the same thing.”

Tunbury Computing Curriculum Overview and Computing Curriculum Progression

Please view our curriculum documentation to see how we have chosen to teach Computing at Tunbury Primary School.

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