A high-quality Computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking, problem-solving skills and creativity to understand and change the world. Therefore, as teachers of Computing at Girnhill Infant School, we provide both explicit taught sessions and practical, hands-on learning experiences in which we encourage and enable pupils to make deep learning links with Maths, Writing, Science and Design Technology as well as the SMSC curriculum and the British Values. By doing so, we support children to develop their understanding of technology, learn to be safe in the online world, develop the skills to become an effective computer programmer and become digitally literate learners.

At Girnhill Infant School, we want our children to become effective computer programmers, where they work and think practically to programme, design, communicate, collect information, and thus become active participants in a digital world.  We encourage children to use the key vocabulary and definitions that a computer programmer would use to talk about how systems work, how we programme technology and how we use the online world safely.

At Girnhill Infant School:

  • We plan using the Early Years Foundation Stage and the ambitious National Curriculum.
  • We enhance the curriculum using our Computing progression grid.
  • We ensure our computing curriculum has strong links to the SMSC curriculum and that the curriculum underpins strands from the British Values.
  • Subject progression grids are used to develop long term planning.
  • Teachers use the long term planning to plan units of work and deliver individual computing lessons.

Our Computing Progression Grid outlines the skills, knowledge and vocabulary that our pupils are expected to learn during their time at Girnhill Infant School. We approach all of our Computing learning by following the Rosenshine Principles; supporting our pupils to know more and remember more. This ensures that learning is secured before the children move onto further areas of study.