Subject Lead: Miss Cohen (and Mr Longworth)
Computing in Reception doesn’t mean typing out a Word document or creating a code. In fact, teaching technology in the Early Years doesn’t have to involve computer work at all.
Our Computing scheme for the EYFS is centred around play-based, unplugged (no computer) activities that focus on building children’s listening skills, curiosity and creativity and problem solving.
Technology in the Early Years can mean:
- taking a photograph with a camera or tablet
- searching for information on the internet
- playing games on the interactive whiteboard
- exploring an old typewriter or other mechanical toys
- using a Beebot
- watching a video clip
- listening to music
Allowing children the opportunity to explore technology in this carefree and often child-led way, means that not only will they develop a familiarity with equipment and vocabulary but they will have a strong start in Key Stage 1 Computing and all that it demands.
In Key Stage 1 our children will 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.
- Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; know where to go for help and support when they have concerns about material on the internet.
- Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
In Key Stage 2 our children will be taught to:
- Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
- Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
- Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
- Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; know a range of ways to report concerns and inappropriate behaviour.
- Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
E - Safety
E-safety is taught as part of the computing curriculum and focuses on helping children to use the internet safely. This may include issues such as keeping information private, cyberbullying, stranger danger and behaving respectfully online.
It can be difficult knowing where to start when it comes to helping your child stay safe online.
Netaware is a fantastic resource which gives a simple overview and risk rating of the most popular apps and games that children are using. It can also be a great conversation starter with children about what they like to do online and how they stay safe.
You may feel uncertain of how to keep your child safe online and how to deal with any issues that may arise. The NSPCC has published a short document of guidance called Share Aware which you can view and download by clicking on the image below.
As part of the partnership between the NSPCC and O2, any parent or carer can take a device in to any O2 shop (they don’t have to be a customer) and ask for an appointment with a guru, who can show them how to set up safety settings.
There is also a helpline that offers advice and support about online safety
Tel: 0808 800 5002
For more information on helping your children to stay safe online, select one of the options below.
How can I protect my children?
Talking to your child about staying safe online
Online games: helping children to play safe
How to set up parental controls
Parent's guide to apps