At Manor Field Infant school we aim to develop a high-quality Computing and ICT education which equips pupils to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity, including the making of links with Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology. We aim to do this via an integrated curriculum project approach which allows pupils to develop and apply skills as well as new knowledge.
In addition to digital literacy, we also aim to develop our pupils’ safe use of the internet and other digital media so that they can navigate the digital world in a safe and knowledgeable way.
We teach e-safety as an explicit part of our curriculum and discuss issues such as: passwords and keeping personal information safe and private; trusting people and sources online; safe internet use and healthy screen-time.
We use Hector's World cartoons to introduce and discuss e-safety issues and we use the Hector's World safety button on all computers to enable children to flag up unsafe content and alert adults.
In order to complement our Geography and Literacy learning surrounding the writing of instructions for an adventure in a fairy-tale forest, we explored the use of Bee-Bots. The children used their logical reasoning skills to input precise instructions into the Bee-Bots before designing instructions for one another which they then had to test.
This acted as an important development of the children's ability to code and programme and supported their understanding of the importance of giving clear and unambiguous instructions.
Year 1 have been exploring space and learning about planets and astronauts. To enhance their learning and provide them with some useful information for their fact-files about Tim Peake, Neil Armstrong and the planets of our solar system, the children used the Learnpads to go online and conduct research.
Foundation Stage have been using the technology around them a great deal this year, learning how we use technology in the home and at school. Below is a great example of 2 Foundation Stage children independently using their understanding of the flipchart software to create and store pictures. We hope to see many more examples of this as the children become more confident and independent in the technology usage!