In Reception, children begin their Computing journey at Thomas Jolyffe by using laptops and ipads for a range of purposes in many aspects of their learning. They use a range of apps and programs to support their literacy and maths learning, whilst also beginning to understand the role that technology has in our everyday lives and the world around us.
In Key Stage 1, children develop this knowledge and move on to creating programs and beginning to understand how algorithms work. They will use logical reasoning to predict and manipulate the behaviour of simple programs on the school iPads and laptops. Importantly, they continue to develop their understanding of the technologies used in the wider world and how to keep themselves safe using these.
As the children progress into Key Stage 2, they begin to design, write and debug programs for specific goals and problem solving. They progress their use of algorithms by using sequences and repetition within programs. They then use reasoning to explain how they work and correct or adapt if necessary.
The children build on their Key Stage one experience of Online Safety, by continuing to develop their understanding of the World Wide Web and how these uses can help us in our lives. By Upper Key Stage 2, they are well prepared for using technology responsibly and respectfully, whilst recognising unsafe or unaccepting behaviour. They will also be aware of how to identify ways to report concerns about contact or content.
Mr M Drummond and Mr D Crocker (Computing Coordinators)