‘A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’
National Curriculum Computing Key Stage 1
Our Vision for Computing
Digital technology is everywhere and is growing all the time. It is huge, amazing, wondrous and has to be learned. We believe that infant school children will be computer experts in the future and that they need countless opportunities to explore technologies. Therefore, we aim to ensure that our children leave our school with basic computer skills and knowledge but also with an interest in and a curiosity of technology. We hope this will lead them to question and further investigate digital literacy and computer science. We aim to develop our children into Computer Scientists and Digital Technologists.
How does Computing work at BWIS?
We integrate and embed our Computing lessons into our integrated projects but some skills are also taught discretely. We follow the aims of the National Curriculum which are as follows:
Key stage 1
Pupils should 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 content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Technology has recently been removed from the Early Years Foundation stage but this does not mean that the children won't be introduced to technology at school. We believe that the experiences and skills that are learned in Year R are integral to a child's further learning and education so Computing skills will still be a key part of their curriculum; just like rest of the school. Therefore, our Early Years children will still have access to and be taught to use technology such as iPads, cameras and computers. They will learn keyboard and mouse skills, along with online safety rules.