"A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world." (The National Curriculum 2014)
Computing is a fundamental part of the world we live in today. At St Chad's,we recognise that computers underpin today’s modern lifestyle and embrace the positive impact and educational benefits that can be achieved through appropriate use of the Internet and communication technologies. We provide children with the tools to not only be safe online but to also be digitally literate. All classes have access to a range of computing equipment and software to enhance their skills and improve their confidence using IT in the world around them. We are very lucky to have a class set of iPads to further enrich our computing curriculum, which are very popular with the children in all year groups. They enhance the learning in all areas and we have a wide range of cross-curricular apps and activities.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery/Reception) and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum (Year 1/Year 2) provides us with a basis of the skills and techniques that our children will learn throughout their time at St Chad's.
Children begin their computing journey in the Early Years. Computing is part of the technology strand of Understanding the World. Children begin to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools and they begin to select and use technology for particular purposes. Children are given opportunities to explore new apps, games and begin to programme during adult led sessions, in a purposeful way. We carefully guide children to complete a sequence and then discuss ways they could 'debug' in line with the characteristics of effective learning. In their environment and continuous provision, children are given opportunities to:
- Explore and use a range of technology such as iPads, cameras, computers and technological toys
- Mark make with different programs
- Role play and make pretend electrical devices e.g. mobile phones, cameras, etc
- Research key words or topics with supervision
- Listen to music, rhymes, songs and stories
The national curriculum for computing is split into three discrete areas;
- Computer Science
- Digital Literacy
- Information Technology
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all children:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
In Key Stage 1, children are taught to:
- understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
As well as learning about the use and function of devices, children at St Chad's learn about staying safe online. We teach online safety as an explicit part of our curriculum through the Education for a Connected World framework. Children learn about issues such as: passwords and keeping personal information safe and private; trusting people and sources online; safe internet use and health screen time.
We have a number of books in school that are a wonderful introduction to online safety and help to give children a simple and clear understanding of the dangers when using the internet. Our children are taught how to report something that they may have seen that they find worrying, scary or upsetting using our 'stop, close, report' motto. We run successful parent workshops around online safety each academic year to strengthen the learning of the children. Please refer to our materials regarding Staying Safe on the Internet by clicking here.
A copy of our curriculum progression map for Computing can be found below.