At St George’s School, we want our children to be digitally literate and confident to use and develop ideas through information and communication technology.
We follow the National Curriculum for Computing. This identifies and groups objectives for children to learn in KS1 and KS2.
For EYFS children, we use opportunities to recognise and interact with a range of technology used in home and school and to select specific technology for a purpose, complete simple programmes and know information can be retrieved from computers.
The National Curriculum states that the ‘core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming’ and we strive to ensure that all children develop this core knowledge and understanding whilst at St George’s.
Computing has wide links across the curriculum and we implement these links by using our ICT suite for all subjects and topics. Subjects such as science, history and design and technology rely on the use of ICT as a source of information and is a vital tool for learning.
Alongside children’s increased knowledge and understanding of the digital world we understand it is vital to teach our children how to keep themselves safe whilst online and how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. For more information about keeping your child safe online use the Net Aware link at the bottom of each page and to report any online content then click the CEOP button at the bottom of each page.
For more information on the teaching of computing please follow the link below.
In computing we are learning to understand and be considerate to the views of other internet users. We understand that we are each part of the democracy of the internet and that we can each, in our own small way, affect the way the internet exists. We understand the use of rules on computers and the internet, such as when we are allowed to use social media and what we are allowed to post and share. We understand that rules are to keep others and ourselves safe and to help the internet to be an enjoyable and engaging place.
In computing we understand how to use our right to freedom of speech in a respectable and thoughtful way, being considerate of how this speech will affect others. We understand the freedom the internet and computers offer us in discovering information and connecting us with the world. We appreciate and understand the views of others, our right to challenge, question and discuss opinions and views, and to do this in a respectable and thoughtful way. We understand that as we are connected with the world while accessing the internet, we are exposed to the widest range of views, and we are learning to respect them. We understand that we are connected to people across the whole world. We understand that these are people from different communities, cultures, faiths and beliefs. We use the opportunities offered in computing to question, challenge and understand people with these different characteristics to support and develop our tolerance of them.
At St. George's, we want to give our children an open, respectful and realistic mindset towards the wonderful world we live in and how this relates to computing. We strive to expose them to a range of significant individuals from all different backgrounds related to the protected characteristics, and have planned for this in our varied curriculum.
We also want our children to understand how computing is working to help eliminate barriers, spread messages of acceptance and enable communities from across the globe to come together. We hope our children will continue to be the innovators of the future who with continue to stretch the realms of technology to help make the world a better place for everyone.
- BBC Teach