At Blakehill we believe it is important to equip all of our children with knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills in order to be able to enjoy and use a range of devices and applications safely. We want every child to have a love and thirst for computing which sets the foundation for their lives in a technological era.
We want children to develop confidence with using technology including work on PCs, tablets or staying safe. We believe they should always make links between their use of devices or the internet and e-safety. We want our children to be able to talk confidently about what information they should/ shouldn’t share online. We want our children to be confident on how to be a positive influence when they are interacting with others online. By the time they leave Blakehill, we believe that our children should be digital citizens who think carefully about what and how and they interact online.
We believe that in order to be ready to use and enjoy technology in all areas of life, our children need to develop a range of different computing skills including: computing science, media, information literacy, data handling and e-safety.
In order to give our children a chance to fully develop their understanding of using technology, we adapt how we teach computing. Our children learn at distance from technology in order for them to have meaningful discussions and explore key ideas and skills practically as well as using a range of apps on the iPads and PCs in the computer suite.
Through computing science and media, our children develop a love for ‘playing’ with ideas in technology, develop flexible thinking and learn key problem solving skills. They use resources such as beebots, ALEX app, code.org and scratch in order to sequence and link commands and debug problems when they arise. In Key Stage 2 our children develop an understanding of animation using StopMotion to combine different shots in order and identify areas for improvement.
Through information literacy and e-safety, our children develop an awareness of the World Wide Web. They become digital citizens learning how to find, select and filter appropriate information. Our children explore different ways of navigating the internet in order to have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe online and access appropriate information. They learn about child friendly search engines, how to safely use hyperlinks and how to use key words when looking for information. Our children also develop a strong online moral compass in order to be kind online. They use discussion, role play and scenarios in order to explore how actions in real life impact emotions and feelings online.
Our data handling and media learning grows our children’s understanding of how they can use technology in order to represent information. They make use of tables, graphs, pictures, videos and text in order to retrieve key facts as well as present and explain their own information.
Have a look at our Long Term Plan to see what each year groups covers.
Year 1 – Media
Our Year 1 children have learnt how to log onto the computers, find and open Microsoft Word, insert a picture and add text. Some of our children have also started to use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters in their typing. All of these children saved and re-opened their own work so that they could carry on working on it another lesson.
Year 2 – Media
Our Year 2 children have consolidated their saving and opening skills and developed their typing skills. They have now begun to think about the text fonts and colours they are using so that they can make their work look attractive. They have also begin to learn how to use Word Art to make their words stand out.
Year 3 – Information Literacy
Year 3 have been learning how to use key words to find out information. They learnt that if they used more than one word, they were more likely to get the results they wanted. They learnt that when a search result is underlined and in a different colour it is a hyperlink and that search results have a description after them. They then learnt how to copy and paste information they found and pictures which they might want to use in their work.