Computing is an ever growing subject which pervades all areas of learning. We understand that as Kyson children move through primary school, high school and into the world of work, computing will be a prevalent and important aspect of their lives. We recognise the need to prepare our children for this, in terms of ensuring they have the necessary skills to succeed as well as making sure they have an understanding of the health and safety implications of using digital technology.
Computing is taught right from the Early Years Foundation Stage and throughout both Key Stage 1 and 2. Across the school, children receive instruction from both a specialist teacher as well as their class teacher, and it is either taught in blocks or across a half term. We have sets of iPads, Chromebooks and laptops that are available for the children to use both in their computing lessons and in other areas of the curriculum. The computing curriculum states that children should have the opportunity to learn in computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
Computer Science comprises two elements: programming, and systems and networks. Children have the opportunity to learn programming languages in Scratch as they move through the school. This is supplemented with exciting physical devices which include Lego WeDo, Makey-Makey and Crumble kits. During lessons on systems and networks, children learn about how the internet works and how computers and related devices work together.
Information Technology involves using different software to create, present, save, retrieve and edit information. Children become skilled at using various software including PowerPoint and Word as well as exploring Chrome Music Lab, Paintz and the Google suite for education. Much of this work is cross-curricular, feeding into and enhancing work in other subjects.
Digital Literacy means being able to read, understand, discern and make good choices within a digital world. It means being aware that not all news posted online is real; that there are issues surrounding copyright with published content online; that advertisements and games can act to influence you – sometimes in negative ways; and that your behaviour choices online should reflect your behaviour choices in the real world. We aim to keep children safe by taking a proactive approach to e-safety: read more on our online safety page.
Every year we take applications from Year 6 children who want to become Kyson Digital Leaders. We choose children who have the enthusiasm, skills and dedication to work hard for our school to ensure that many aspects of technology are moving forwards. Typically the team meet fortnightly with Mrs Eagling and work includes: digital clean ups, preparing and delivering whole school assemblies on e-safety, technology audits, running in-school competitions and organising rotas for the children to go and support teachers across the school with their computing lessons.