Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children at Bowlee Park must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
Digital literacy (DLi)
Digital literacy forms the backbone of the ICT curriculum at Bowlee Park Community School. Children should develop ICT skills that can thoughtfully be applied in a range of different situations, with children developing increasing independence in the choices they make over which technology to use to help them reach the desired outcome. As they progress through KS1 and KS2 children will become increasingly confident in the application of their digital skills, becoming increasingly efficient and effective communicators, collaborators and analysts, showing imagination and creativity in their use of ICT in different aspects of their learning and life beyond school.
Technology in the world (TIW)
Children should develop an understanding of how technology makes a difference in all aspects of life- at home, at school and in the workplace, as well as considering the impact technology has had on society over the years.
Children will, for example, identify the different elements of a webpage (EYFS), develop an awareness of how different technology is used in the world around us (KS1) and begin to evaluate web pages, software and applications and use this evaluation in the planning of their own digital artefacts (KS1 and KS2)
Technical understanding (TU)
Children should develop the knowledge and understanding of how technology works.
This extends from an awareness that there is ‘something inside’ a piece of technology to make it work (EYFS), progressing through KS1 and KS2 to children creating their own simple programs including games, utilities and applications with exposure to computer codes and scripts.
The national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the programme of study for computing, children at Bowlee Park will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
E-safety is a fundamental element of ICT teaching and technology. We have a separate E-Safety policy, and E-Safety sessions take place at the beginning of every new unit of Computing.