Here at St Michael’s Infant school we teach our children the transferable building blocks of computing to ensure that their learning will remain relevant for years to come. These skills are programming, debugging and data handling. E-safety is also an aspect of computing.
We understand that online safety is of paramount importance in keeping our children protected. As well as explicitly teaching e-safety principles during computing lessons, we refer to them consistently whilst we use technology with children across the curriculum. Children learn to keep personal information safe, to think carefully about what they write and share with others, to respect each other, to remember that not everyone online is who they say they are and to tell an adult about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or worried.
In Computing, we also teach the children how to apply their typing and multimedia skills using a range of software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, child-safe search engines and Revelation Natural Art. Each year of learning adds a new level of depth and tier of skills to their prior knowledge, making the children’s foundation in computing a solid one.
The curriculum we provide teaches children to be ‘computational thinkers’. Children learn to think logically and critically so they are able to predict and analyse tasks to get the job done in a clear and concise way. They have the freedom to tinker and explore with technology, which allows them to learn by making mistakes and achieving their own personal goals. They learn to collaborate with friends to share ideas and experiences when creating presentations and to persevere to overcome difficulties when debugging. These elements link to our Christian values of creativity, friendship, and perseverance.