If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.
The Lenthall Infant and Nursery School computing provision aims to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information in a safe, responsible and respectful manner. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Our computing curriculum, with our more recent emphasis on programming, enables children to develop their problem-solving and reasoning abilities. It enables children to understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms, and data representation, analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience in writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative, and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
Computing objectives in the EYFS at Lenthall Infant and Nursery School, have been formally updated, in line with the DfE Guidance. Despite Computing or Technology not having a focused learning area, elements of computing are delivered throughout the EYFS curriculum in a variety of ways.
The Computing National Curriculum is split into three discrete areas;
- Computer Science
- Digital literacy
- Information Technology
In Key Stage One, the children will learn to:
- Understand and use algorithms.
- Write and test simple test instructions.
- Use logical reasoning to make predictions.
- Organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data.
- Communicate online safety and respectfully.
- Recognise uses of information technology outside of school
Computing at Lenthall Infant and Nursery School is assessed using the following;
- Informal judgements by staff during lessons
- Immediate next steps provided via verbal feedback
- Pupil and peer assessments
- Formal skills and assessment checklists
Come the end of each Computing unit, teachers make a summary judgement about the work each pupil has completed in relation to the success criteria. The Computing subject leader monitors class assessment and analyses data on a termly basis.
Our Ultimate End Goal:
What will our computing students be able to do when they leave us?
By the time pupils leave Lenthall Infant and Nursery School, we aim to develop pupils who are responsible, confident and creative users of technology, who apply computational thinking beyond the computing curriculum. They will become digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world. They will know how to stay safe whilst using technology and whilst on the internet, minimising risk to themselves and others. It is vital that all children understand and follow our agreed E-Safety rules and know who to contact if they have concerns, including the use of report buttons. Our children will have had repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve problems, including logic & algorithms. They will have the ability to ask and answer questions through collecting, analysing, evaluating, and presenting data and information. Ultimately, they will have a clear understanding of how digital networks work and the services they provide. This will enable them to use search options effectively whilst understanding the need to evaluate the relevance of content. The children will be respectful, responsible, and competent digital citizens; they will have the knowledge to support themselves and others online.
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