The 2014 National Curriculum brought significant changes to the ICT curriculum.
Our aim is to provide children with a range of learning opportunities so that they become confident and safe users of a range of technology that will prepare them for a future in a digital world.
The New Curriculum outlines that children should be taught the following:
Key Stage 1:
- understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
Key Stage 2:
- 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; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
At Stobhillgate we have invested in the latest technology to help us deliver the objectives of the new National Curriculum. Every Key Stage has a set of iPads that can support learning in any curriculum area whilst also teaching and developing ICT skills. We also have an excellent ICT suite equipped with PC’s so that children are familiar with working with a computer from Nursery onwards.
We are also pioneering a digital leader program where a small group of children will receive training from Apple and become digital leaders in the school. These children will then be able to train and assist their peers in using technology safely and responsibly.
We currently have 4 digital leaders at Stobhillgate. These digital leaders spent a morning at the Apple store in Eldon square being trained to use iPads so that they could pass on their skills to their fellow pupils.