At Warren Farm School our pupils are encouraged to use technology to support their learning and to discover how it can foster their creativity. We aim for them to develop their skills in computational thinking in order for them to better understand how computers work and how they can program them to achieve certain goals. It is important to us that our pupils are well equipped in the digital world by knowing ways in which to keep themselves safe from possible dangers as well as how to become respectful and responsible contributors.
In the Early Years children are encouraged to use a range of digital equipment ranging from computers to cameras and learn a range of basic skills in preparation for Year 1. The children need to have an awareness of technology and what it can be used for.
Key Stage 1.
Children begin their journey in understanding how to program computers and what algorithms are. They are taught to use logical reasoning to detect errors in their own and others’ programs as well as how to ‘debug’ them. Our pupils are taught ways in which they can use technology to create different content and the various ways technology can be used in life outside of school. They learn about what information should be kept private when they are online and where they can go for help if they need it.
Key Stage 2.
In Key Stage 2 our students are taught how a computer works and how to achieve specific goals by programming them with algorithms. They are encouraged to use logic and reasoning to be able to identify any errors in their programming and how they are able to correct these. They also continue their development in using a variety of technological devices for a range of purposes. The children are taught to understand how the internet works so that they are able to get the best from it as well as be discerning in the content they come into contact with. They learn ways to recognise the dangers which may occur and are supported in learning a range of ways to report things that worry them. We also encourage our pupils to think about how they can behave appropriately in the online world.
Switched on Computing includes six flexible units for each year group covering:
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