In today’s world computing is an essential life skill. Software and technology are used to communicate, collaborate, express ideas and create digital content. The teaching of computing is important because it helps children develop their knowledge and understanding of technology and help them to become digitally literate and participate fully in the modern world. At Oakley Infant School we aim for children to use technology safely and responsibly and equip them with the confidence and capability to use IT throughout their current and further education, and home life.
The National Curriculum details that in KS1 pupils should:
Computing is taught at Oakley Infant School through the practical use of laptops, iPads, programmable toys, cameras and PCs in the classroom. Computing is taught both through links to the topic work as well as discretely. Children will be given opportunities to participate, working individually and in small groups or with the whole class. Children are encouraged to use technology in all aspects of the curriculum to support learning. All children will develop their digital literacy and computer science skills. Children will learn about algorithms, write and test simple programs and organise, store and retrieve data. Children have opportunities to be creative through using stop motion animation and creative programs. Throughout different topics children will use the internet to research about countries and historical events. E-Safety is a key focus in the curriculum at Oakley Infant School and all children will be taught how to stay safe when online and how to use the internet responsibly as well as recognising the common uses of information technology beyond school. Further information can be found on the E-Safety website page. We encourage the use of IT and computing skills at home for pleasure through home learning tasks.
We measure the impact of our Computing curriculum through the following methods: