Computing and E-Safety
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
In Key Stage 1, children will be taught to understand what algorithms are, how they are used in programming and learn how to create and debug simple programs. Children will also be taught how to recognise different technologies beyond school, and how to keep themselves safe when they are online.
In Key Stage 2, the children will be continue to develop their skills in computer programming by designing, writing and debugging programs and using sequence, selection, and repetition in programs. Children will also apply their logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work and identify errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught further how to access computer networks and understand how they offer opportunities for communication. Children will continue to be taught how to stay safe online.
The internet is a major part of everyday life and is a necessary tool for learning, both in and out of school. Being online should be a safe and positive experience for children and parents/carers, below are some links to help you understand how to keep it that way.
Click here for the latest e-safety guidance from the NSPCC.