introduce coding and computing in the primary school curriculum
inspire pupils, girls and boys, to be creative and innovative
ensure that pupils use technology routinely and discerningly to search for reliable sources of information, collaborate and publish their work
help pupils to learn to validate reliable sources of information, synthesise information, communicate, collaborate and problem-solve using the opportunities that technology provides
develop the wider skills required in the workplace such as creativity and business acumen and how to use and apply new knowledge and skills to problem-solving
educate and empower students to use technology safely and responsibly, both in school and in all aspects of their social lives with particular regard to their future reputations.
Developing Pupil Voice in Technology
We are incredibly passionate about Pupil Voice at Grouville and we strive to ensure all of our children have an active role in the developments within the school. The role of technology has absolutely flourished over the past two years at Grouville due to the greater involvement of Year 6 Digital Leaders in the leadership of the technology.
What do our Year 6 Digital Leaders do at Grouville?
Lead our Grouville News Show - G-News
Run a range of digital & technology lunchtime clubs for children in all year groups across the school.
Help support classes with the use of technology across all of our learning tasks.
A choice on what equipment and resources are added to our technology 'wish list' and first hands-on experience to test it all out!
What does Computing look like at Grouville:
Computer Science This strand of the curriculum links closely to the control element of the old ICT curriculum. Children need to understand what algorithms are – this is the basis of what they need to know in order to write computer programs. Each programming language has its own vocabulary and grammar but they all follow the same type of logic. It is possible and beneficial to learn computer science away from computers or other digital devices. Role play and kinaesthetic activities can help pupils develop logical reasoning. Children need to be able to write algorithms and programs. They also need to be able to find mistakes (bugs) and fix them. When children write programs they will learn that there are often different ways of getting the right outcome, and they need to be able to evaluate the programs to decide which is the most efficient. While children will make mistakes in their own programs it is often easier to find mistakes in code that has been produced by other people. Providing children with example programs give them the opportunity to predict what they will do and identify any bugs. Working collaboratively is also an effective method. As children get older the programs they write will become more complicated. They will need to use sequence, selection, repetition and variables in their programs. The computer science strand also requires knowledge of networks and how searches are performed.
Information Technology This strand of the curriculum equates to what was most of the areas from the old ICT scheme of work. Children should understand that technology is everywhere, be able to identify the technology they encounter and have a basic understanding of how it works. This will link to work on programming and algorithms. Appropriate activities include word processing, creating images, taking and using photographs and video, creating music and animations, using and creating databases, producing websites and contributing to blogs. As well as creation of digital materials children should have experience of manipulating and editing their own work and resources from elsewhere. They need to know how to use the tools available but also to have an element of digital literacy – awareness of audience and good design principles. children should experience a range of different applications and software, initially the teacher will select the programs they use but over time pupils should be encouraged to make decisions themselves. Children also need to know how to store and organise their files so that it can easily be found again. They need an understanding of the devices they can use including: hard drive, USB sticks, school network server, and the cloud storage on the internet.
Digital Literacy Children need to be able to use technology safely. They need to keep their personal information private and treat other people with respect. If something goes wrong or they see something they don’t like they should know what to do and where to go for help. As children get older they need to know about how to use technology responsibly. As well as thinking about how their online behaviour affects others they need to be aware of legal and ethical responsibilities, including respecting copyright and intellectual property rights, keeping passwords and personal data secure and observing terms and conditions for online services.