At South Green Infant and Nursery School we realise that computing represents the context in which young people are living today.
We are digital citizens!
We want all of our children to have access to various digital-age technology resources. We want boys and girls to be confident when using technology throughout their education and to enjoy STEM learning.
We would like our children to recognise the positives that the internet brings, and to use it safely in their learning and beyond, but also to understand how harmful it can be and to know what to do if they encounter a problem.
At South Green Infant and Nursery School our aims in computing are:
- To provide a high-quality computing education which is fully inclusive and accessible to every child.
- To equip the children to become digitally literate in order to participate in the rapidly changing world where work and leisure are increasingly transformed by technology.
- To gain secure knowledge and skills which will encourage them to use ICT to develop ideas, express themselves, solve problems and become computational thinkers.
- To allow children to develop computer skills to enable them to become confident, creative and inquisitive learners who are able to be critical and challenge themselves.
Our overarching aim is to build the foundations of these skills through EYFS to the end of KS1 to a suitable level in preparation for KS2 and looking even further for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our computing curriculum recognises that ICT is able to be taught both as a discrete subject as well as being woven cross-curricularly. Many of the skills are transferrable which provides a wealth of learning opportunities across the curriculum subjects including art, D&T, maths, geography, science, and literacy.
- In Early Years, ICT is taught fluidly through the Early Years Curriculum as part of Understanding the World.
- In each Early Years classroom there are computing resources available at all times in the continuous provision:
- Our children have access to PCs at all times, take photographs on the iPads and cameras, experiment with pully toys and lift-the-flap books, have access to remote controlled cars and Beebots and more resources to begin experimenting with Computer Science.
- The children will recognise that technology is used in the wider school when they go on an ICT spotting walk.
- In KS1 ICT is taught once a week discretely and as regularly as possible in support of other areas of learning across the school.
- Our teaching implements the computing National Curriculum which is comprised of 3 main parts; Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science. Knowledge and skills are taught progressively, allowing the children to embed their learning over time.
- Computer Science teaches the principles of information and computation. It involves creating and debugging simple programs using algorithms and coding. At South Green Infant and Nursery School we introduce the language of Computer Science in different contexts. We begin with using precise verbal instructions (algorithms) to get a friend to a certain point across the room or explain how to make a sandwich. We then move on to using the Beebots and then creating their own game on Espresso Coding using coding. The children will need to ‘fix’ their games and Beebotprogrammes as they go wrong, ‘debugging’ their own algorithms.
We ask questions like:
- What is an algorithm?
- What is code?
- What are computer bugs?
- How do you program a robot?
- How do computer games work?
- Digital Literacy is the understanding of ICT and how it is used beyond school and how to keep safe on the internet. Our children learn to use the keyboard to type text, make modifications to their work including changing the font size and colour, and to use the internet to search for information. They are encouraged to experience ICT in the wider world and at home.
We ask questions like:
- What is a computer?
- How can computers help you learn?
- What is the internet?
- How do people use computers at work?
- How can you use the internet?
- How do you take care of your personal information?
- How can you use the web safely?
- Information Technology involves using ICT purposefully as a tool for learning. Our children learn to save and retrieve their work. The children use iPads to take their own photos and videos and learn to manipulate these images.
We ask questions like:
- What are the main parts of a computer?
- How is data stored on a computer?
- How do you save your work?
- How can you write a story on a computer?
- How have computers changed?
- How does animation work?
- How do you make a video or art on a computer?
- Our children have access to a bank of laptops and iPads to support their learning. We use Espresso Coding, Phonics Play, Bug Club 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 in PSHE circle times. 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 Jessie & Friends 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.
After the implementation of this robust computing curriculum, children at South Green Infant and Nursery School will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online. Our children are computing wizards!