‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’ Computing programme of Study, DfE
Our approach to Computing
At Ladycross Infant and Nursery School, we believe that a high-quality Computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principals of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing also has deep links with mathematics, science, design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Providing additional opportunities for the children to widen their skills and knowledge.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate-able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information communication technology-at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital age.
Through our teaching of computing we aim to ensure that all pupils meet the National Curriculum aims of:
- Pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including
understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital device creating and debugging simple programs.
- Pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Pupils are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information communication technology.
- Pupils are able to use technology in everyday experiences.
Computing Hardware at Ladycross Infant and Nursery School
At Ladycross we are fortunate to have well equipped classrooms with a computer and SMART board in each to enable teachers to present high quality lessons. Both EYFS and Key Stage 1 have a set of 15 Ipads to use within provision and lessons.
Teaching of Computing in Early Years Foundation Stage
Children use a range of technology including iPads and electrical programmable toys to access the technology strand from Development Matters. Children find out about and use a range of everyday technology. They select appropriate applications that support an identified need.
Teaching of Computing in Key Stage 1
Key computing objectives such as understanding algorithms, creating and debugging programs and using technology purposefully to create, organize, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content are taught alongside key safety objectives about using technology safely. Each half term pupils follow a series of lessons getting progressively more complex linked to the objectives from the National Curriculum.
At Ladycross, we believe that Computing is an integral part of preparing children to live in a world where technology is continuously and rapidly evolving. We believe computing should be embedded across the children's learning and is something that should take place across the curriculum.
Online Safety for Parents
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
The ‘www.thinkuknow.co.uk’ aims to make online parenting simple.
Here are their Top Tips:
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
- Watch ‘Thinkuknow’ films and cartoons with your child. The ‘Thinkuknow’ site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.
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