At Eling Infant School and Nursery we aim to equip children with a strong knowledge of ICT in order to become digitally literate, computational thinkers and have the creativity to understand and change the world. Our children will be able to use ICT to express themselves, develop their ideas and be confident with using ICT at a level which will enable them to do well in the future workplace as well as in the rapidly developing digital world we live in.
The Computing curriculum for Key Stage 1 can be broken down into 3 main areas; Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Computer Science involves creating and debugging simple programs using algorithms. At Eling Infant School we introduce the language of Computer Science in different contexts and begin with using precise verbal instructions (algorithms), to get their friend to a certain point across the room or explain how to make a sandwich, moving on the using the Beebots and then creating their own game on Purple Mash using coding. The children will need to ‘fix’ their games and Beebot programmes as they go wrong, ‘debugging’ their own algorithms.
Digital Literacy involves using ICT purposefully as a tool for learning. Our children learn to use the internet to search for information, use the keyboard to type text, make modifications to their work including changing the font size and colour, and to save and retrieve their work. The children use Ipads to take their own photos and videos and learn to manipulate these images.
Information Technology is the understanding of how ICT is used beyond school and how to keep safe on the internet. Our children experience ICT in the wider world at the supermarket on one of our school trips and at home.
In Year R, ICT is taught through the Early Years Curriculum as part of ‘Understanding the World’. The children will recognise that technology is used in school when they go on an ICT spotting walk. Our children have access to PCs at all times, take photographs on the Ipads and experiment with the Beebots to begin programming and debugging.
In addition to teaching Computing as a discrete subject, we also aim to weave ICT skills throughout our curriculum as much as possible. Our children have access to a bank of laptops and iPads which are used to support many other subjects including Maths and Literacy. We also use Purple Mash, Reading Eggs, Phonics Play and other software packages to aid teaching and learning. We have interactive whiteboards in every classroom and these are used daily to further enable and enhance learning.
We teach e-safety as an explicit part of our curriculum through Computing and PSHE. We discuss issues such as; keeping personal information private, trusting people and sources online, treating others online as we would in real life, posting images online, and what to do if anything makes children feel uncomfortable online. We also use the Hector's World and Lee & Kim's Adventure cartoons to introduce children to e-safety issues, as well as stories such as Smartie the Penguin and Digiduck’s Big Decision.
Reviewed by Subject leader March 2018