At Gilbert Heathcote the children have weekly Computing sessions in a modern ICT suite. The children follow the Computing curriculum which is outlined below and learn the essentials skills needed for contemporary modern day life.
The children have access to range of different equipment which includes
Using a range of software and equipment Key stage 1 Pupils should be taught to:
§ understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
§ create and debug simple programs
§ use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
§ use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
§ recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
§ use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage focus on the Technology strand in the Understanding the World part of the Curriculum. Through playful child led activities the children learn to use technology, such as computers, talking photo albums, metal detectors and programmable toys called ‘beebots’.
In the Statutory Framework for EYFS the Early Learning Goal for Technology requires that "children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as home and schools". This is about helping children to understand their place in a world that is increasingly dominated by technology.