We believe that Computing and the use of ICT is central to the education of all children. Our goal is to help pupils become independent, confident and responsible users of ICT in order to prepare them for life in an increasingly ICT rich world.Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to Computing and the use of ICT, with the understanding of the capabilities and flexibility of their resources.
The Computing Curriculum at St Mary's Primary School
The Foundation Stage (Reception)
In the Reception year, children will:
- Know how to operate simple equipment, e.g. turn on a CD player and use a remote control.
- Show an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys, or real objects such as cameras or mobile phones.
- Show skill in making toys work by pressing parts or lifting flaps to achieve effects such as sound, movements or new images.
- Know that information can be retrieved from computers
- Complete a simple program on a computer.
- Use ICT hardware to interact with ageappropriate computer software.
- Recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.
- Select and use technology for particular purposes.
Key Stage 1
Throughout years 1 and 2, children will:
- 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 ICT beyond school
- Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private, identify where to go to for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Key Stage 2
Throughout years 3, 4, 5 and 6, children will:
- Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems and solving problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs, work with variables and various forms of input and output
- Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and
- correct errors in algorithms and programs
- Understand computer networks including the internet, how they can provide multiple
- services, such as the worldwide web and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- 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,
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognise acceptable / unacceptable behaviour, identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Effective teaching of Computing and ICT involves making connections across other curriculum areas and through continuous provision in the EYFS and Key Stage 1. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, Design Technology as well as Music and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Online safety is also an important part of PSHE. Throughout all subjects, children at St Mary's
Primary School will have opportunities to gain skill, knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
- Finding things out, gathering information from a variety of sources, entering, storing, and retrieving information.
- Developing ideas and making things happen through text, tables, images and sound
- Selecting and adding to information by planning and giving instructions to make things happen,
- Exchanging and sharing information sharing ideas and presenting information in different forms, to best effect,
- Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work.
The school has lap-tops and ipads stored in mobile cabinets which can be taken from class to class. Wi-Fi has been established throughout the school so every class can connect to the Internet with ease. These resources enable the children to access the new computing curriculum more easily and see the integration of computers and ICT in all aspects of the curriculum.
Take a look at what some of the children have been doing in class