The new curriculum represents continuity and change, challenge and opportunity. Pupils will be taught the principles of information and computation in the classroom during cross-curricular activities. Children will continue to learn how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. The new ‘computing’ curriculum also aims to ensure that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace. Pupils will begin to understand and apply principles and concepts of computer science including logic, algorithms and data representation. They will learn to analyse problems in a variety of contexts and evaluate and apply information technology. Our aim is for the children to become competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Pupils will be taught to:
● Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
● Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
● Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
● Understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
● Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
● Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
● Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognize acceptable/unacceptable behaviour;
identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
The school is resourced with computers and pupils have access via a timetable to
iPads, laptops Chromebooks and netbooks. We have interactive whiteboards and projectors in every classroom.
Children are given a range of tasks to support learning through the use of computers and other digital equipment. They develop good keyboard skills and use computers regularly to support their learning in all subjects. They use computers to write, make pictures and develop graphs. They also use PowerPoint to make presentations, explore the internet and send e-mails. All children at Ramsey Junior School are taught Internet Safety and this is reinforced continuously throughout the