The world of technology changes fast. We teach children computing skills in specific lessons but also give them plenty of opportunities to apply these skills in other subjects.
We want them to learn to see computers and other kinds of technology as tools. They need to learn when using a computer (or netbook or digital camera) is the most effective approach for a piece of work – and when it is not.
The new national curriculum has seen a large focus on the ability of children to understanding programming and to write program coding for themselves. Our children will "code" using a number of resources as they go through the school but understanding programming as a set of logical instructions begins with controlling simple robots in Reception and Year 1 .
Other areas covered in Computing include:
· Graphics (art packages)
· Text (word processing technology)
· Multimedia (presentation programs like PowerPoint)
· Databases and Spreadsheets (ways of presenting and analysing data)
· Websites and the internet (surfing the web and using e-mail)
Before using computers independently, we teach children to use them safely. Being safe on-line (in an increasingly digital world) is hugely important. School has good filters to prevent inappropriate material from appearing on our network but we also have to teach children to make safe and sensible choices for themselves as those filters do not exist everywhere.
This area of ICT is called “e-Safety” and we take it very seriously. One of our “Keeping up with the Kids” workshops is about e-Safety. This shares information about what we teach children in school and also what parents can do to keep their children safe at home. The presentation he used can be viewed below.