At Herne Bay Infant School and Seashell Nursery, we have a range of technology across our school to teach and learn the computing curriculum.
Each class has a set of iPads, where they are used daily in a cross-curricular way to support the current connector as well as to meet the National Curriculum objectives for computing. Our ‘Research Lab’ also has many computers for groups of children to use for both enjoyment and purpose. As teachers, we demonstrate to children that computing can be used to source information and so we encourage children to use it for this purpose too- particularly in their line of enquiry.
Across the school, we have a vast number of programmable toys, such as Beebots, for children to learn how to code. This technology enables our children to participate in an exciting computing curriculum, as well as embedding the use of technology as a learning tool across the curriculum.
There are three main strands of the computing curriculum: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology.
Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
Computer Science introduces children of all ages to understanding how computers and networks work. It will also give all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple floor robots up to programming on-screen computer animations by Year 2.
Online Safety is an integral part of computing teaching and learning. We ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the internet and know what to do if they come across something inappropriate or scary. 2 members of each Year 1 and 2 class are chosen to become Digital Leaders. Digital Leaders promote online safety in school and nursery by meeting regularly with the Computing Leader and members of Senior Leadership Team, listening to and sharing advice which they then cascade to classes. Each year, in February, online safety is highlighted through our participation in Safer Internet Day. The messages from Safer Internet Day are referred to throughout the year.
Key Stage 1 Curriculum:
- 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.