At Foxdell Infants School we have a clear and simple vision: the children should be online safe, online-inspired and online-confident.
Computing is an integral part of our everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. We will provide all of our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing. As computing technology underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
The children have many opportunities to use technology. While all the basics IT skills are covered, for example making a simple Word document or using Paint programs, the children’s experience soon develops and so at Foxdell Infant children are beginning create presentations using videos and photos as well as short digital story books and animation.
The use of Computing also enhances and extends our children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst contributing to motivation and the development of social skills. Each year group has access to Google Chromebooks, iPads and laptops which can be used to support learning and enabling computer access at a variety of levels, for small group work, independent access or through whole class teaching sessions. There is a wide range of software suitable for young children, which aims to develop a broad range of computing skills and to support learning in other areas of the curriculum. Children are also given opportunities to use various forms of hardware to support learning, such as digital cameras, sound recorders and programmable toys. Every classroom is equipped with the most up to date interactive screens and sound system, designed to encourage collaboration, streamline resources and make day-to-day teaching more engaging.
By the end of each academic year, the majority of pupils have learnt to use and manipulate computing skills, hardware and software appropriate for their age and stage of education. Pupils’ understanding of computing progresses quickly through each year and pupils gain a confident understanding of how to keep safe when using the internet, digital devices and software. The teaching and learning of Computing at Foxdell Infants therefore equips children for the next steps of their digital education and continues to enhance learning across the curriculum.