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Computing

Intent 

At The Southwater Infant Academy, we aim to provide an accessible computing curriculum which offers opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and technical ambition. Computing is an integral part of everyday life and will play a continual part in our children’s futures.  At The Southwater Infant Academy, we will provide children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing, provide a sequenced, structured and a progressive curriculum and support our children to become life-long learners. The children will develop knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum:  

  • Computer science (programing and understanding how digital systems work)
  • Information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) 
  • Digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).  

Implementation 

Computing will not just be a standalone subject, it will find itself embedded throughout the curriculum. Children will have the opportunity to use a range of devices, equipment and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in discrete computing lessons. Employing cross-curricular links motivates our children, supports them in making connections and offers a depth to learning. All children in the Academy will be introduced to algorithms early on, enabling them to understand what they are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices and that all programs work by following very precise instructions. Children will investigate programs and from the EYFS will learn to create and debug simple programs using logical reasoning.  

As children progress into Key Stage One, they will continue this and begin to predict the behaviour of simple programs using coding and creating outputs.  

Throughout the curriculum, children will use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. In the EYFS, children are encouraged to use devices as soon as they enter Reception, in order to support fine motor control, encourage understanding of how technology works and how it can help them, and give them independence when collecting information about themselves and others. The children in Key Stage One progressively move towards retrieving, adapting and organising information from sources in order to aid their learning.  

At The Southwater Infant Academy, we pride ourselves in a strong partnership with parents. We recognise the use of technology beyond school. We encourage all children and adults to use technology safely and respectfully. This vital message is addressed through our E4S curriculum, and is shared with parents at online safety workshops and forums with support from West Sussex Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Sussex Police. All children are regularly taught what being safe online looks like. Regular discussions, modelling and teaching encourages children to identify and report anything that they have concerns about including content or contact on the internet and other online technologies.  

Impact  

At Southwater Infants we believe that our computing curriculum will provide our children with the knowledge and understanding they will need in order to continue using technology as they develop into young adults. Keeping safety at the forefront of our minds, we believe that we give children confidence to use technology, devices and the internet safely. Being confident and skilled users will support our children’s wellbeing, and enable them to be vigilant with ever changing technological environments and trends that are rapidly evolving around them.  

View our Curriculum Statement