‘Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.’
As teachers of computing…
…we teach subject specific lessons enabling children to learn the skills required to be an effective ‘computer programmer’. We follow the National Curriculum’s framework and aim to provide pupils with practical hands on learning experiences which develop their understanding of technology.
Throughout the year we focus on the four key computing concepts of coding, communicating, connecting and collecting. Keeping safe online is taught across the curriculum and through each computing session. Throughout the Early Years children explore the different uses of technology through continuous provision and begin to explore cause and effect for example beginning to program beebots observing the outcomes of their instructions.
In KS1 skills for coding are a key focus for teaching, building upon the learning in the EYFS. Bluetooth beebots alongside Espresso coding are used to progressively teach coding skills. At the end of KS1 pupils use Lego coding kits to make and program their Lego model using motors and pulleys.
Children use technology in KS1 for a range of different purposes including writing blogs for the school website, creating e-books, researching (using the school Ipads) for other curriculum subjects like geography and collating data and statistics. Subject specific vocabulary will be taught to children and they will be encouraged to use and understand this terminology when discussing computing.
National Curriculum 2014
In computing, pupils will have the opportunity 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.
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Pupils will be able to develop their knowledge and skills as computer programmers by:
- using the internet safely
- understanding the different uses of technology
- giving instructions to make things happen
- being able to predict simple patterns
- being able to solve simple problems
- being able to enter, load and save information
- using the internet to find information.