Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works’ – Steve Jobs
At Beddington Infants’ School, we expose our children to a wide range of technology – playing and engaging with mechanical toys, computers, iPads, CD players, remote controls, cameras and toys with buttons supports their development and understanding of how these things work. Young children show a natural interest in technological toys and objects, and our teachers facilitate learning to ensure all children have opportunities to operate and experiment with a range of equipment, following natural lines of inquiry.
We ensure that children are able to use age-appropriate computer software and, as their skills develop, they are able to select and use technology for different purposes. For example, in Key Stage One, the curriculum introduces children to algorithms. They learn what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. Our children are inspired by exciting learning opportunities and enjoy creating and debugging simple programs. They use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and also recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
We take e-safety extremely seriously and teach our children how to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private at all times. We discuss and identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content online so that the children are equipped with the skills and information needed to access the internet responsibly.