Big Picture - Talk like a Digital Leader (Computing)
We are living in a digital world. Computing is all around us in the gadgets, apps and technology we use in school, at home and when we start working. Lots of us have experience of remote learning and working from home using different technologies. It’s a great way to communicate and can be used to organise our lives.
At St Stephen’s Infants School, we believe that Computing skills are vital for all learners in the 21st century and will prepare them for a world where developing technology will impact everyday life. The computing and computational thinking skills that we teach will help children to develop their problem solving skills in a range of areas. Computing highlights the importance of trying your best, never giving up and challenging yourself to succeed.
Children are taught to be respectful and safe online and be aware of themselves and others in a digital world. Children learn that technology can present itself in many different ways and is used to support other curriculum areas. All children have school and home access to the Purple Mash portal. Purple Mash allows children to complete activities across the curriculum and link skills to different areas.
By the time children leave St Stephens’ they are able to:
- Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs of digital devices and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions.
- Write and test simple programs
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- Organise store and manipulate and retrieve data in range of digital formats
- Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information safe and recognise common use of information technology beyond school.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, children recognise that a range of technology is used in different places and in lots of real life situations. Children are taught to select different technology for specific purposes and retrieve information to develop children’s interests. Children complete simple computer programs using Purple Mash and have access to iPads.
Below are the SSIS progression of skills documents for Computing.
Computing at St Stephen's
Example animations by Year 2 children
Examples of game designs in year 2
Example of branching databases in Year 2