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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 forms the backbone of the ICT curriculum at Bowlee Park Community School. Children 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
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, 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 resources.
Children 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, for example, Year Three will explore how a computer is made of different components, learning about graphics processors and Central Processing Units. Progressing through KS1 and KS2 to children creating their own simple programs including games and applications with exposure to computer codes and scripts.
Online safety is a fundamental element of ICT teaching and technology. We have a separate Online Safety policy, and Online Safety sessions take place at the beginning of every new unit of Computing as well as in PSHE lessons.
At Bowlee Park children have weekly lessons in the ICT suite. We use the published scheme 'Kapow Primary'. In this scheme 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.
After the implementation of the computing curriculum, children at Bowlee Park will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.