The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of the national curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life.
Computers, tablets and programmable robots are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information in our school.
Each classroom in school has either an interactive whiteboard or screen and a bank of iPads. We also have a trolley with 18 laptops and a bank of 9 computers connected to a multi point server. The school is linked to a computer network and to the Internet, which has a firewall to ensure relevant access and protection.
At Hoylandswaine Primary School, we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software, therefore enabling them a structured and progressive approach to learning the skills needed in using them effectively.
We recognise that all classes have children with widely differing computing experience. Some children have access to equipment at home, while others do not. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the experience of each child.
We achieve this in a variety of ways:
- Give pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials, including iPads and laptop computers.
- Understand that technology can motivate and enthuse pupils, so it is readily available whenever needed.
- Include online games for learning at every opportunity during lessons.
- Focus on key skills including typing and presenting information in new and exciting ways, using a variety of exciting programs.
We endeavour to promote other opportunities in children’s learning through the use of different mediums including bee bots and tablets.
Computing is taught by our specialist computing teacher Mr Bond, who teaches computing throughout Key Stages 1 and 2.
Each class discusses internet safety in PSHE and these issues are linked in with theme works such as anti-bullying and internet safety week. We also have specific sessions to talk about e-safety as a stand-alone subject however incorporating the importance of this into everything we do. Please see our E-Safety page for online safety support sites.
What will children be learning?
In Key Stage 1, children will be learning what algorithms are, which will not always involve computers. When explained as 'a set of instructions' the children may be illustrated the idea using recipes, or breaking down the steps of children's morning routines. Children will creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices to 'create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content'.
In Key Stage 2, children will be creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals and getting to grips with concepts including variables and 'sequence selection, and repetition in programs'. They will still be developing their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites and other Internet services. Children will be using devices for collecting, analysing and presenting back data and information.