Computing in Key Stage 1

At Valley End Infant School, we believe that all children need to have very good IT skills if they are to succeed in the workplace. We aim to give them high quality learning experiences through access to a range of digital and electronic hardware.

Computing is delivered in a way that supports other learning areas as well as subject specific skills. Our ICT suite, enables children to access a range of software packages on bespoke Early Years and Key Stage 1 desktops. Each classroom also has 2 PCs, where children can practise their skills and extend their learning.

The introduction of the National Curriculum 2014 has seen a great change in the focus of teaching ICT in schools. Now known as Computing, there is a greater demand on children to not only use and manipulate existing programs and software, known as ‘Digital Literacy’, but also to program and develop their own games and systems that allow children to understand the beginnings of computer science.

We recognise that the world of technology is fast changing. Education needs to progress, in order that children move forward with the skills and knowledge necessary to be active participants in a digital world. The aims of the National Curriculum 2014 are summarised below:

Aims to ensure all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including algorithms, data representation and logic
  • can confidently use and manipulate information technology, including using new and unfamiliar technology, to achieve desired outcomes and solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

We have adopted a scheme of work as part of the Surrey Heath Learning Partnership (SHLP) called iCompute. This is a comprehensive package with aims in line with the new curriculum.  It supports teachers in delivering high quality lessons, allowing children to develop skills such as coding, debugging and programming. Alongside this, teachers use Schemes of Work, developed by QCA and adapted to suit our children’s needs, to help embed the new curriculum.

Throughout the curriculum, children are taught about the different purposes of using the Internet, for example for communicating, finding out information, or for sharing files.

E-safety is an important aspect of using the online world, and children are taught about how to keep themselves safe, building an awareness of the potential risks at an age-appropriate level.  

Resources

To deliver the demands of the new curriculum, we are equipped with a range of resources and hardware to best support teaching and learning in this area. Each class has 2 computers, enabling computer access at a variety of levels, be it small group work, independent access to further learning in a particular area, or through whole class teaching sessions.

There is a wide range of software suitable for young children, which aims to develop a broad range of Computing skills, and to support learning in other areas of the curriculum. Children are also given opportunities to use various forms of hardware to support learning, such as: digital cameras, sound recorders, CD players and programmable toys. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and sound system, and iPads are increasingly being used to support teaching, learning and assessments.

We have a networked ICT Suite that houses 16 computers and an Interactive Whiteboard. The Suite is timetabled effectively throughout the week, across the year groups, to help support learning across the curriculum, as well as providing the opportunity for teachers to teach specific IT skills.

Each child has their own Computing folder, available through the networked system, on any computer within the school. These folders are set up in Early Years and move with the children, onto their next year group, when appropriate. Children in Year 1 and 2 are taught how to save to their individual file, retrieve and edit their previous work, when required.

ICT is widely used by teachers and teaching assistants within the school to support and enrich learning. The use of interactive whiteboards in the classrooms, allow children to interact with technology, in a variety of ways, and also support whole class learning.