Computing at All saints’ allows children to be creative and explore their world for answers using technology safely.
‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’
Our Computing Curriculum is taught from Foundation Stage to Year 6 and children learn numerous skills. These skills are built upon year on year, until the end of year Key Stage Two where children will emerge accomplished and successful in many aspects of computing. Within the computing curriculum, children learn through enquiry based tasks and have to gain new skills to complete these units of work. Children in all key stages learn computer programming and coding, testing and debugging and become confident with this by the end of Key Stage Two.
We have a wide variety of resources to support learning both in computing lessons and across the curriculum. We have laptops accessible for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Classrooms are well resourced with interactive whiteboards, a laptop or a PC and class iPads which are used to enhance children’s learning. The school also makes use of shared resources such as iPads, laptops and netbooks which can be used within lessons or as part of group work.
At All Saints' we value the fundamental part that technology plays in the life of the school.
We strive to keep children safe online and provide them with the knowledge and tools to do so. We will also empower parents, carers and the wider community with up to date information regarding keeping children safe online. We recognise the unique contribution that e-learning makes to the motivation and effectiveness of learners in our school and the role that the school has in preparing pupils for their future by improving their knowledge and understanding of how technology is an aid to learning. The dual delivery of a computing curriculum and the use of computing to support other curriculum areas will empower pupils to learn creatively through innovative and flexible provision, directed by a progressive and differentiated syllabus. We will use IT and computing to empower staff to work more efficiently, creatively and effectively to improve their teaching and the assessing of the pupils in their class.
There are three distinct stages (one being Key Stage 3) for the computing curriculum:
Key Stage 1 (5-6 year-olds): Children will be learning what algorithms are, which will not always involve computers. When explained as “a set of instructions” teachers may illustrate the idea using recipes, or by breaking down the steps of children’s morning routines. But they will also be creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices to “create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content”.
Key Stage 2 (7-11 year-olds): Slightly older primary-school children will be creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals and getting to grips with concepts including variables and “sequence, selection, and repetition in programs”. They will still be developing their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites and other internet services. And there will be more practice at using devices for collecting, analysing and presenting back data and information.
The best way to support your child with any aspect of computing is to enjoy using technology with them and model the safe and responsible use of it. Here are five ideas:
Let them show you how to use their favourite app or do something that they have learned in school.
If they have to practise a maths skill, help them create a how-to video demonstrating the skill. Why not create a short film based on a story they have written? Or perhaps an animation? Find some YouTube videos or play games together that support what they’re learning about in school.
Research a topic they are learning about or are interested in with them. Decide together how reliable you think each website is — does the information on it appear anywhere else? Who created the website? Discuss the rankings — why does the search engine rank some at the top and some further down?
Keep in touch with family members by composing emails together or using services like Skype to make video calls. Discuss how useful these tools can be when used responsibly.
Ask children how they have been using technology this week, what their favourite app is etc. Make sure they feel they can come to you, should an issue arise for them.
More information about online safety and how to keep children safe online can be found on our online safety page by following the link below.