Computing

Year 2 Coding Club

Coding Club has began this half term for some of our Year 2 children on a Tuesday lunchtimes. During the club, the children have used Scratch Jr to program their own memory games, attached felt tip pens to a Beebot and then programmed it to draw different pictures and used different technological toys to complete different challenges!

Internet Safety Day 2024

At Dereham Church Of England Infant and Nursery Academy, we are passionate about teaching our children how to stay safe online. We therefore had an Internet Safety Day where we listened to a story about some of the worries and problems we might face online and what we should do and who we should tell if we are ever in this situation. We then spent the afternoon completing lots of activities all about online safety and using technology in a positive and safe way.

Intent Statement

At Dereham Church Of England Infant and Nursery Academy we recognise that technology is all around us and want to ensure that all of our children leave us being able to recognise what technology is, how we use it and being able to recognise the significance of technology in our everyday lives. All of our lessons are carefully planned to enable children to learn how to use technology in a positive, productive, meaningful and safe way.

We achieve this through planning computing lessons with three strands in mind:

Computer Science – The study of computers as machines and learning how they work. Through computer science we will learn the knowledge and skills to program, code, debug and create algorithms.

Digital literacy – Through digital literacy we will learn the knowledge and skills related to online safety and technology uses.

Information technology – Organise knowledge of how computers are used purposefully.

We are committed to ensuring that children become independent at keeping themselves safe online. We achieve this through revisiting the concepts throughout all units and following our ICT Code of Conduct.

We believe children learn best when they are hands on and working practically. Therefore, we provide many opportunities for children to use iPads, computers, program Beebots and create animations on applications such as Scratch Junior. To support our children in understanding how technology can be used in many ways we have also integrated computing into all areas of learning. Children at DCINS can use iPads for Maths learning, literacy learning to research and write fact files and in science to create weather reports. Within an ever-challenging technological world, our vision is that every child leaves with lifelong skills and become masters of technology, supporting them with their future careers and goals.

Implementation Statement

Computing is taught every half term and starts in Nursery all the way through to Year 2. We feel it is important for children to access technology consistently so they can build upon prior learning and acquire new knowledge of the many different uses of technology. Children in EYFS will begin learning about what technology is, understanding its purpose in their lives and how to use it safely. This will be achieved through discussions and guided practical application. This is built on in Key Stage One where children will begin to use technology for different purposes. Internet Safety is an integral part of our curriculum and therefore every year group will start Autumn 1 with an internet safety unit. Nursery will begin understanding how to use technology safely in Spring 1 once they have gathered an understanding of the vocabulary that will be used. We also annually take part in Safer Internet Day to ensure that these concepts are revisited during the year. Our internet safety units will revisit how to stay safe online and will be planned to ensure that our E-safety is relevant to the times and draws upon current issues surrounding the internet and children’s uses of technology. Medium term plans have been created for every half term which outline the key skills, knowledge and vocabulary that should be taught, ensuring that there is clear coverage. Guide books have been created or downloaded for certain programs that we use such as Scratch Jr and Purple Mash to ensure that every teacher feels confident to model, support and challenge our learners. Every child in Reception and KS1 is provided with their own login to Purple Mash and our KS1 children will also have a Maths Whizz login, allowing them to be independent with username and password skills. Despite computing being taught as a discrete subject, we actively encourage cross-curricular links to enhance children’s understanding of how technology can be used in different ways.

Impact Statement

Our aim is that our curriculum will provide our children with a balanced and healthy love for technology. We strive for all of our learners to understand the many uses of technology, how to stay safe online and with the vocabulary and skills to become confident users. Children will be provided with the opportunities to become problem solvers and critical thinkers, allowing them to make their own digital choices. Our curriculum aims to provide our learners with the knowledge, skills and e-safety understanding that will allow them to succeed in the ever-changing digital world and to continue their computing journey in Year Three.

Long Term Plan

Nursery Medium Term Plans

Reception Medium Term Plans

Year 1 Medium Term Plans

Year 2 Medium Term Plans