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Computing is a very important area of all our lives and is becoming more so year by year. We believe it is essential that all the children at The Junior School are provided with the skills to use the ever-increasing range of technological equipment that is available in our society. We aim to provide the resources to implement a Computing Curriculum that is broad, balanced and wide-ranging in approach, thus allowing future progress and success by the pupils at this school. It is our belief that, in the use of Computing, we should create an environment that is exciting and motivating. The way Computing is used should encourage children to develop confidence in their use of equipment and programmes, thus allowing the highest standards to be achieved. In this way, Computing is used to support learning across the curriculum.

Computers and other technological aids are used throughout the School. Computing skills are taught as a discrete subject and as a means of supporting other areas of the curriculum. The children are encouraged to communicate ideas and information in a variety of forms and, where appropriate, use equipment and computer software to enhance their learning. The School is Internet linked and all classrooms are equipped with an interactive white board. The School has two Computing suites and there are laptops available for use in all classrooms. The school also has 24 iPads for use in the classroom. Research has shown that iPads can promote creativity and support cognitive learning.

The subject is led by Katerina Economidou

Early Years Foundation Stage

During the Foundation Stage, young children are encouraged to find out and identify the uses of everyday technology and are given opportunities to use Computing, electronic toys and communication devices to support learning. Children begin to develop Computing skills across all areas of learning, for example by using a paint programme to explore early mark-making, cameras and other recording devices can be used to find things out and Beebots are used to give instructions and support basic coding. Children also have access to iPads where they can explore different apps that are relevant to their learning. Children are also encouraged to observe and talk about the use of Computing and are shown how to use the equipment safely.

Key Stage 1

Pupils are 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 programmes;
  • 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 are 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 programmes;
  • 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 and recognise acceptable or unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

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