Contents (click on the link to skip to each section):
- Home Learning: Microsoft Teams information
- Aim of Computing at Fairfield
- Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) Technology Early Learning Goals Overview
- Computing National Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 1 and 2
- Apps and software to support EYFS learning at home
- Apps and software to support Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 learning at home
- The technology we use in school
- Computing Consultants
Please click on the links below for information about Microsoft Teams and help videos.
The teaching of computing encompasses the philosophy that creativity and self-direction are needed to imagine, and produce, solutions to the problems of ‘tomorrow’s world’.
Technology is developing at an alarmingly fast pace. Ultimately, our computing provision is designed to ensure that our children keep up-to-date with such developments, as well as preparing them for the world of work.
Computing should also be a fun, stimulating subject to engage in. Computing naturally facilitates opportunities to develop 'soft skills' such as resilience, logical reasoning and divergent thinking whilst engaging in the many problem solving scenarios it creates.
Developing 'hard skills' in computing also nurtures digitally literate children who can use digital technologies not only in computing lessons but also to enhance their learning across the curriculum and utilise in their wider life.
Technology is taught within a wider context of 'Understanding the World' in the EYFS curriculum (which is called Development Matters). Below are the statements we work towards in our computing lessons in EYFS.
Computing National Curriculum Overview for Key Stage 1 and 2
September 2014 signalled a new approach to teaching children about the world of ICT. The computing curriculum now encompasses both computer science and information communication technology (ICT) skills. These skills, coupled with a strong foundation of e-safety knowledge, allow young people to develop a well rounded 'digital literacy'. Please see below, both an overview of what these terms mean and a breakdown of how they are addressed in the National Curriculum.
The use of class netbooks, stand-alone computers, and iPads, enable our children to have a broad experience and use of technology. We aspire to integrate robotics technology into our learning soon - so watch this space!
At the heart of our teaching of any ICT is e-Safety, which is taught within subjects as well as discretely, and we aim to ensure that our children have the knowledge and confidence to keep themselves safe in an online world. Find out more about e-safety at Fairfield here.
To support our development on the Computing Curriculum we have introduced pupil 'Computing Consultants' in school. Part of their role is to learn all about the range of resources we use when delivering computing lessons so they can support children and teachers.
Their first newsletter is available here: Computing Consultants Newsletter 1
2020 Update - Our Computing Consultants for this year have been chosen, however, under our current school operating procedures, it has been a little difficult for them to help out around school so far. Stay tuned for more information as the year goes by.