Here at All Saints’ we are privileged to have a designated computing suite which all classes in key stages 1 & 2 have access to, for at least 45 minutes, twice a week, to develop their computing skills.
The school also has 22 I pads that are kept in a locked cupboard and can be booked out by classes by using the iPad booking timetable.
We have recently invested in some fantastic software and hardware, enabling our children to work towards obtaining all the required computing skills in a fun and exciting way.
Since October 2014, the children have had access to Purple Mash, an online resource supporting the latest computing curriculum and providing relevant software that the children can access both at school and at home.
The children are familiar with the computing keywords and over the course of the school term have been working on various aspects of computing such as:
- Designing and presenting information
- Internet Safety
- Logical Reasoning
The schools aims:
By the end of Key Stage 1 pupils should be taught 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.
By the end of Key Stage 2 pupils should be taught to:
- Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
- Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
- Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
- Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
- Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
- Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Online Safety is continually taught throughout the school year and reminders are sent out in the weekly school newsletter as to how you can make your home internet safe, help and advice and links to some useful websites.
Here are some great websites to support your child in computing:
BBC Schools primary computing
Kid Smart Internet Safety
NSPCC Internet Safety