At St Piran's, we see computing as a fertile, rewarding and practical discipline, like English or mathematics. Like those subjects, we provide our pupils with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge, through a challenging and stimulating curriculum. Computers are now a part of everyday life and the skills our students take with them will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Learning Technology with Technology
IT skills are taught weekly by a specialist teacher. Pupils have access to computers to develop their mouse and keyboard skills, in addition to control toys, interactive programming tools, tablets, headphones and microphones. Each class has the use of the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and access to mobile devices to support classroom learning.
Years 1 & 2
Digital literacy is taught from Year 1 to ensure that children can express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. They are taught to be responsible, competent and creative users of information and communication technology, who understand about e-safety. Computer programming is introduced from Year 1 using control toys, such as Bee-Bots and interactive programming tools, such as Scratch Junior on the iPads. Children also develop an understanding of how information technology is used in the real world and how it impacts on their lives through the role-play of real-life scenarios, such as visiting a supermarket, library or bank.
Years 3 & 4
Pupils' digital literacy is developed so that they can express themselves and their ideas using core Microsoft Office products such as Word and PowerPoint. They are taught to gather and analyse information, using a range of technologies, such as dataloggers, the internet and databases. They are encouraged to become responsible, competent and creative users of information and communication technology, who understand how to stay safe online.
Children learn to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including control, simulation and problem solving. They develop an understanding of how information technology is used in the real world and how it impacts on their lives. We look at networks such as the internet and the process of web-searching. We aim to encourage children to make connections to other areas of the curriculum and understand how IT can support learning and communication in all subjects.
Years 5 & 6
Pupils' digital literacy skills are further developed so that they can express themselves and their ideas using core Microsoft Office products such as Word, Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel. By Year 6, children should have a good understanding of how software, the internet, the web and search engines work. They are taught how to use search technologies effectively and understand the importance of using technology safely and respectfully, with a particular focus on ‘netiquette’ and cyber-bullying.
Children extend their programming skills, solving problems and designing systems using computational thinking. This skill is applicable across the curriculum as it encourages children to conceptualise, experiment and evaluate. Programming is mainly taught using Scratch and HTML.
Our key goal is to prepare children by equipping them with the expected skills for secondary education.