Hello and welcome to Computing at St Anne's! It's an exciting time in the world of technology, and it is fast becoming an important part of how we live. We understand that a high-quality computing education is essential for pupils to understand modern information and communication technologies, and for them to use these skills to become responsible, competent, confident and creative participants of an increasingly digital world.
We outline how we, as a school, will deliver the requirements of the key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2) computing programmes of study, and to ensure that our pupils have the digital skills they need. We aim to inspire pupils to continue to learn and apply the skills they learn at secondary school, university, and beyond in the workplace.
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Spring Term 2020
The children are enjoying using a range of technology - including our new Kindles! Each year group have been learning about computers and computer networks.
Key Stage 1 have been recognising different technology in school and out of school and using search engines to retrieve information.
Lower Key Stage 2 have been finding out about different types of input and output devices and computer networks. They have used the internet to communicate in different ways, including email!
Upper Key Stage 2 have been looking at how search engines select and rank information, and other forms of online communication. They have created blogs and talked about if the information online is credible. They have compared WAN and LAN and discussed keeping personal information safe.
We look forward to celebrating Safer Internet Day #freetobeme on Tuesday 11th February 2020. More information can be found by clicking the link below.
Teaching and Learning
Early years foundation stage (EYFS)
As the EYFS is part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum, we relate the computing aspects of the children’s work to the objectives set out in the Development Matters Framework and Early Learning Goals (ELGs). The children have the opportunity to use the computers, iPads and other technology equipment as part of the Technology strand of the curriculum. They work towards the Early Learning Goal - 'Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.'
Key Stage 1 and 2
The National Curriculum presents the subject as one lens through which pupils can understand the world. There is a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media. The introduction makes clear the three aspects of the computing curriculum:
computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).
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.
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.
Examples of these computing tems and what they mean can be found for
Key Stage 1 children at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zyhbwmn
and Key Stage 2 children at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvnrq6f
More Information on how this is delivered at St Anne's can be found in the File Manager Section of this page.