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Teaching Computing Skills at Wheatfields Infants and Nursery School


Learning how to use computers and other information technology is crucial to our children who are growing up in the 21st century.  To support this learning, we have interactive whiteboards and visualisers in every classroom so that even from the youngest ages the children can see technology in action and begin their journey to being digitally literate, have a good understanding of what information Technology is and how it can be used, and how to keep themselves and information safe online .


A large proportion of computing in the Early Years is linked very closely to other subject areas, for example looking at and creating patterns or following instructions or a sequence of instructions. These are Computational Thinking skills that can and should be explored in an unplugged way (without the use of technology). Computational Thinking is all about problem solving, explaining what has happened, working out what is important, spotting similarities and differences and patterns, identifying and using instructions and noticing how these instructions are built up. The children in Reception and Nursery are encouraged to tinker with different forms of technology such as technological toys and iPads so that they can independently see the cause and effect they have on technology, and comment on what happens. The Computational Thinking skills used and built on throughout the Early Years provide a foundation to moving into Key Stage 1 and the curriculum taught here.


In Key Stage 1 we use the Teach Computing scheme of work created on behalf of the NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education) to plan the learning and skills progression for the children. This is spilt into 4 main areas of learning in each year group: Computing Systems and Networks, Creating Media, Data and Information, and Programming. By following the learning objectives covered within this scheme we can then feed into the Key Stage 2 curriculum as the children leave the Infants and start at the Junior School, providing key information to ensure progression from our Key Stage onto the next.


In order to successfully achieve the skills within these areas of learning, the children have access to iPads, chromebooks and other technology devices such as Beebots and data loggers with software appropriate to the children’s age and stage of development.    


Safeguarding children online is vital in this digital age. The children are regularly taught and reminded about how they can keep themselves safe online throughout computing sessions and through some of the PHSE lessons, ensuring that they know what to do if anything makes them worried or uncomfortable, as well as ways they can keep others safe online and how to use technology responsibly.


All children in the school have been asked how they can keep themselves safe, others safe and how we can look after technology. Their responses to this form 'Our Online Safety Rules' that are displayed and referred to in every classroom.