Our children become effective digital communicators and can showcase their knowledge development across the curriculum through access to a variety of technology resources. Computing at our school involves whole project tasks that develop our pupils’ computing skills, which are also promoted through varied home learning activities. Our children develop key online safety skills,understanding technology in their environment and their role and responsibilities in a digital world.
Enrichment opportunities encourage our children to apply their digital learning in a variety of contexts, such as subject-specific PowerPoints, green screen book reviews using iMovie and Do Ink, and class coding workshops. Computing provides the platform for idea development within a project, such as a 3D Model in DT and presentations using interactive paint tools, book creator and web design. Cross curricular vocabulary can be developed through computing lessons, for example when using robots to support positional and mathematical language.
Our children are taught to make creative choices when designing and presenting their ideas throughout Computing and in their ongoing reflections to find solutions for the challenges that technology can present. Digital leaders are used to provide peer support and celebrate one another’s creative solutions. Children’s Computing knowledge is also celebrated through leadership roles they undertake across school, such as supporting the library system, the website, and the sound and screen systems during assemblies and productions.
Computing involves many experiences of trial and error when engaging with different technology products, so we always encourage children to work together and show resilience in their learning.
The following strands are taught in all year groups:
Creative use of ICT
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Why is Computing so important?
Information and communication technology (ICT) is such an integral part of our lives and it is embedded right across the curriculum.
Growing up in an ICT-rich environment means that children need to have opportunities to experience and develop skills in its use and for the children to develop a positive relationship with technology and its uses.
Why are Computing skills so important?
We use Computing skills every day in our lives. Using their knowledge of computers, children are able to transfer skills to everyday life, such as metacogition skills and problem solving (debugging).
The Computing Curriculum 2014 aims to ensure that all pupils can understand and apply the most important principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. This curriculum gives children the necessary skills to break down a problem, make predictions as to what will happen and to use logic to find a solution through practical experiences.
What do we do to make Computing special?Our pupils are motivated to learn Computing with the technology that we are lucky enough to have in our school. The school is equipped with a class set of iPads and laptops loaded with applications that are designed to support Computing as well as other areas of the curriculum.
Children are taught to have a positive attitude towards E-safety, this is taught to every year group at the beginning of each school year and revisited on an ongoing basis.
How can I support my child at home?
You can help by reiterating the E-safety rules when your child is using technology at home.
Follow our ten rules and stay safe online.
1. Never give out personal information
2. Tell a grown-up if you find something that is not right
3. Never agree to meet people
4. Never send your picture
5. If someone says something mean online, tell a grown-up
6. Don't do things online that you know are wrong
7. Check before you download anything
8. Don't give out your password
9. Set up rules for going online
10. Show your parents and carers how to use the internet. Share!
NATIONAL CURRICULUM OUTLINEThe fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts of the subject are set out in the EYFS Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014, where they are categorised into programmes of study.
EYFS: Children in Early Years are taught to complete a simple program on a computer and use ICT hardware to interact with age-appropriate computer software. To achieve the Early Learning Goal, children must recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They also need to select and use technology for particular purposes.
- To understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instruction and to create and debug simple programs
- To use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
- To use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
- To recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
- To use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private and identifying. where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
KS2: - To design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems and solving problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
- To use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs and work with variables and various forms of input and output.
- To use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
- To understand computer networks including the internet, exploring how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
- To use search technologies effectively, appreciating how results are selected and ranked and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
- To select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information,
- To use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognising acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact,