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, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Galley Common Infant School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively. The purpose of this policy is to state how the school intends to make this provision.
· Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for IT and Computing for all pupils.
· Meet the requirements of the National Curriculum programmes of study for computing.
· Use IT and computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
· To respond to new developments in technology.
· To equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use IT and computing throughout their later life.
· To enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using IT and computing.
· To develop the understanding of how to use IT and computing safely and responsibly.
By the end of the Foundation Stage children should recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools and they can select and use technology for particular purposes. It is important in the Foundation Stage to give children a broad, play-based experience of IT in a range of contexts, including outdoor play. IT is not just about computers. Early years learning environments should feature IT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in role play. Children gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the whiteboard or programme a toy. Recording devices can support children to develop their communication skills. This is particularly useful with children who have English as an additional language.
The KS1 National Curriculum Programme of Study aims to ensure that pupils :
- 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
- 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.