We aim to teach pupils computing skills to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. Every child will be taught computing skills relevant to their Key Stage. Pupils will have hands on experience when working on their own, in pairs and in small groups.
Computing skills are used to support English, Maths and Science and to enable the pupils to gain access to ideas and experiences to support their learning throughout the curriculum.
We are fortunate to have a Computer room with 15 workstations. Each class has timetabled sessions each week. The children also have access to programmable robots, tape recorders, listening centres, televisions, videos, cameras, Easy-speaks, Interactive Whiteboards and Ipads. We also have PC's in each classroom. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and digital cameras.
We aim to make Computing an integral part of the curriculum and use Computing to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum.
At High Down Infant School each child takes home, reads and signs an acceptable use policy with their family. This ensures that all children are aware of the correct and safe use of equipment in school.
See also the E-Safety page of this website
Computing and Programming
The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 1 and 2.
Children will be 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 material on the internet or other online technologies.
Children need to be taught to use Computing equipment and software confidently and purposefully to:-
· Develop Computing specific skills
· Communicate and handle information
· Support work and learning in other curriculum areas
· Support problem solving activities
· Record their work
· Understand implications of computing in working life, leisure time and the wider society
· Understand how to be safe online
Computing is concerned with the ability to use ICT tools and information sources effectively to:-
· Find things out
· Exchange and share information
· Develop ideas and make things happen
· Review, modify and evaluate work
· Participate in the modern world
ICT tools include:
· Multimedia computers, laptops and iPads
· Software packages including DVDs,
· CD players, TV’s, cameras, video recorders, microphones, printers and interactive whiteboards,
· Computerised and remote control ‘toys’ and equipment; Roamer, Beebots, Probots
· Online software programs
Individual children should develop ICT capabilities through a range of curriculum activities. Our ICT policy aims to:
· Develop children’s knowledge of how to behave and stay safe online.
· Encourage the staff and the individual child to use a range of ICT resources in the core and foundation subjects, in a cross-curricular thematic approach
· Develop the self-confidence and esteem of the child in the use of ICT
· Broaden each child’s understanding of the effects of the use of ICT
· Encourage a flexibility among the staff and children to take advantage of future developments in ICT
· Enable each child to become familiar with all ICT tools available in school
· Prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world and to promote initiative and independent learning
· Enable each child to take a greater responsibility for his/her own learning
· Give the individual child access to new experiences and technologies
· Enable the individual child to focus on the skills of analysis, evaluation prediction and hypothesis in problem solving activities involving ICT
· Allow all children, the opportunity to develop their own ICT capabilities
The Teaching and Learning of ICT Skills
· Each child should have access to a range of technology on a regular basis.
· As a school, we plan to ensure that ICT capability shows progression and is delivered across the curriculum. We use a scheme of work developed from a variety of sources, as the basis of planning in Years 1 and 2. The Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception reflects the early learning goals in Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
The ICT curriculum can be divided into six categories:
· E-Safety –The children will learn how to use technology safely and respectfully and how keeping personal information private. They will be able to identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
· Coding- Children will be introduced to coding using several different software programs and through different devices. They will learn that through inputting specific instructions (algorithms) they can decide and control what happens in the program. They will be able to debug programs and begin to create games of their own.
· Working with text/pictures – Children will be able to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. Children will be able to create a picture and piece of text using different software developing skills required.
· Using the internet– Children will be shown how to safely find information and pictures from a variety of sources to support and enhance their work and understanding of the world.
Use of the Internet
· The Internet Service Provider for the school filters all emails sent and received by the school and all websites accessed by the school to ensure that no inappropriate materials are received by staff or children.
· All staff are asked to sign an Acceptable Internet User Statement.
· All parents read and sign with their child an Acceptable use agreement.
· All internet activities undertaken by the children are supervised by an adult.
SAFE - stay safe, don't give out personal information
MEETING - only meet someone from the internet with your parents
ACCEPTING - emails, IM, texts from strangers can lead to problems
RELIABLE - information on the Internet may not be true
TELL - a trusted adult if anything online makes you feel uncomfortable
Enhancing the curriculum across the school.