'Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.'
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we at Black Horse Hill Infant School believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Over their time at Black Horse Hill Infant School pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, , allowing them to continually practise and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
During the Foundation Stage children will develop their understanding of the world and the role that technology plays in it. The children will learn to create their own digital art and complete a range of programs.
At Key Stage One, children will engage with the three strands of Computing; Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. They will learn some of the essential skills in Computer Science; logic, algorithms and data representation. Children will learn to evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.
Black Horse Hill Infant School takes internet safety extremely seriously. We have an E-safety policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe and protect themselves when using technology.
Computing in the National Curriculum
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
- 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.