Computing is an integral part of everyday life at Wendell and children experience a high-quality computing education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing teaches the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming; building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. By the end of Key Stage Two children at Wendell are digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
In Key Stage 1, pupils cover the following topic areas:
- Creating & debugging simple programs
- Common uses on information technology
- Using technology safely
- Creating / storing digital content
In Key Stage 2 , pupils cover the following topic areas:
- Develop Key Stage 1 topics into greater depth
- Understand different types of software
- Using search technologies effectively
- Understanding computer networks
- Various forms of output & input
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Parental online safety advice
The most popular social media environments at the moment are Snapchat, Instagram, Musical.ly and WhatsApp. Young People should be 13+ to have their own account on social media platforms (which are generally for adult use). For advice on age restrictions around use of various social media platforms go to: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Life in Likes – help your child fight FOMO
Increasingly, the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO), i.e. the pressure to be accepted and part of ‘the group’ can dominate many young people’ lives. For example, Snapchat ‘streaks’ (where users count how many consecutive days two people have been sending ‘snaps’ to each other). This can result in young (or older!) people feeling they have to respond immediately to messages and that the longer they maintain a ‘streak’ the more they are ‘liked’ / more popular they are. A lot of young people want to get streaks to rivals their friends, or to show that they have a very close friendship with a particular contact.
It is important to talk with your child so they learn to moderate, and cope with, life online. Good conversation starters for parents to use with their child.