Computing at Alverstoke Infant School
Intent: To develop children’s experience and understanding of ICT, preparing them for jobs of the future.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Embedded within the computing curriculum children are taught how to stay safe online when accessing a variety of platforms both in school and at home. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs as well as to save and retrieve them for future use. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Children are taught a progression of skills needed to be able to research using the internet and to seek information in a range of areas in school and outside of school. We have a large number of Apple ipads in each Year group so that children can be independent when using devices as part of their learning and can use on-screen features in an efficient way. Opportunities are given for children to use programs from the Office Suite as and when appropriate. This is seen around school in some of the children’s own work displayed which includes photographs, word-processed writing pieces and examples of artwork created using digital resources.
It is important that the expectations for children with SEND are as high as they are for all, around what they can achieve. If children have a special educational need where adapted teaching is needed the Computing coordinator will work with teachers to enable them to deliver lessons that are inclusive for all.
Our Computing curriculum and opportunities aim to improve outcomes for children in this area of study and also enhance their work and progress across all subjects where technology is used. Children become digitally literate and are ready to confidently use technology at home and at school. Children in the Early Years will have access to a range of devices and remote controlled toys and resources so that they can explore simple technologies independently and use them in their learning and play. Children across school are encouraged to use technology where appropriate to support their learning in all subjects and to share their work on relevant platforms.