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At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, we believe that all children need to have excellent and relevant IT skills if they are to succeed in life. We aim to give them high quality learning experiences through access to a range of digital and electronic hardware.

  

The introduction of the National Curriculum 2014 has seen a great change in the focus of teaching ICT in schools. Now known as Computing, its aims are:

 

To ensure all pupils:

  • can use and manipulate existing programs and software, known as ‘Digital Literacy’
  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems;
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

 

We have adopted a scheme of work called Purple Mash which supports teachers in delivering high quality lessons, allowing children to develop skills such as coding, debugging and programming. The content is also adapted to include high quality, cross-curricular links and differentiated to ensure all needs are met. Children are taught about the different purposes of using the Internet, for example for communicating, finding out information, or for sharing files.

 

E-safety is an important aspect of using the online world, and children are regularly taught about how to keep themselves safe, building an awareness of the potential risks at an age-appropriate level. We also hold annual workshops for parents, led by guest speakers, to reinforce online safety at home. Internet Safety Day is also a key part of this teaching.

 

Resources

To deliver the demands of the new curriculum, we are equipped with a range of resources to best support teaching and learning in this area. We have an IT suite to enable computer access at a variety of levels, be it small group work, independent access to further learning in a particular area, or through whole class teaching sessions. Children are also given opportunities to use various forms of hardware to support learning, for example digital cameras, iPads, sound recorders and programmable toys.

  

ICT is widely used by teachers and teaching assistants within the school to support and enrich learning. The use of interactive whiteboards in the classrooms, allows children to interact with technology, in a variety of ways, and also supports whole class learning.

 

Key Stage 1

The content of the Computing curriculum for Key Stage 1 has been divided into three different strands.

 

Computer Area

Learning Objective

Computer Science

  • 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

Information Technology

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

Digital Literacy

  • 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.

 

These strands are not taught in isolation, but taught throughout the year, as appropriate, and in a cross-curricular way to develop the key skills.

 

Key Stage 2

The content of the Computing curriculum for Key Stage 2 has been divided into three different strands.

 

Computer Area

Learning Objective

Computer Science

  • 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

Information Technology

  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programmes, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

Digital Literacy

  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content

 

These strands are not taught in isolation, but taught throughout the year, as appropriate, and in a cross-curricular way to develop the key skills.

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