At Sudley Infant School we aim to provide the children with a variety of opportunities to experiment with different forms of technology. In Reception we follow development matters which is a different curriculum than year 1 and 2.
Early Learning Goal 15: Technology states that the children should be able to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools and that they select and use technology for particular purposes.
We have developed this further through our lessons plans so they learn a series of basic computing skills such as how to take a picture on the iPad, how to control a computer mouse and how to type a caption or sentence using a keyboard. These skills they learn in reception help to equip them for computing in year 1 and year 2.
For year 1 and year 2, the national curriculum requires us to teach different aspects of computing curriculum, we incorporate these aspects through teaching computing using the Purple Mash computing scheme.
The Purple Mash scheme helps us to ensure that the children are provided with a fun and engaging series of lessons, developing their problem-solving skills and their understanding of the world around them.
Using this scheme, children are taught basic concepts such as:
- Online Safety
- Grouping and Sorting
- Technology outside school
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Forms of Technology
The children love using all different forms of technology when learning computing concepts. One of children’s favourites is the Kubo. This is an educational robot that accelerates learning in coding, mathematics, language, and music through its TagTile programming language, which helps primary school children from EYFS to Year 2 explore and understand new concepts in a screenless, tangible environment.
With the Kubo children can learn:
- Algorithms learn computational thinking skills, such as processes, rules, and problem-solving
- Sequential thinking learn to form and follow a logical order or sequence
- Functions learn to define basic tasks using various commands, functions, and loops
- Nested functions learn to execute a function inside another function
- Recursive functions learn to make an infinite loop of commands
- Loops learn a way to repeat a piece of code a specified number of times
- Parameters learn to use numbers to define loops and speed
We introduced a new app to the school iPads called Peg and Pog. This is aimed to help children develop their vocabulary whilst they explore through the app.
We also take online safety very seriously and have subscribed to eCadets. This provides us with a range of online safety activities which we use alongside other online safety lessons and activities to ensure children understand how to remain safe when online.
Some of the children in each class are chosen as the eCadet representatives and work on specific tasks to teach online safety to the other children in school. Children have questionnaires to fill in to express how safe they feel online and how we can ensure children remain as safe as possible. We also ensure during school council sessions we include the pupils’ voice so the children are able to have an input on how we can ensure they remain safe online.
Each year, we take part in Safer Internet Day which gives the children additional practical lessons on how to remain safe online and what online identity means. As part of ensuring children remain safe online we have created a computing charter. Throughout each year in school the children learn about what it means to be safe online to reduce these risks. This is discussed at the start of computing lessons.
Reception children are taught to Tell:
Tell an adult at home what device you are playing on.
Tell an adult if someone tries to connect with you online.
Tell an adult if you see something that worries you online.
Year 1 children are taught to use the Never rules:
Never give your personal information to anyone online.
Never meet up with anyone you met online.
Never trust everything you read online.
Year 2 children are taught the Always rules:
Always keep personal information such as your birthday or address private online.
Always make sure you only connect with your real friends online and do not arrange to meet anyone online.
Always check with an adult before opening an email or message, even ones from a friend as they could contain a virus.
Always double check things you read on the internet, not everything online is a fact.
For further information and advice about online safety please look at our dedicated page in the Statutory Information tab of the website.