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Curriculum Overview

Nursery and Reception
At Marston Green Infant Academy, children have the opportunity to explore ICT in many different ways and to relate to their experiences in the wider world. This stage of ICT learning is all about allowing the children to explore the uses of ICT through role play and through interaction with adults. They use technology as part of their learning and with growing independence. They know who to turn for to help them stay safe when using ICT.
The children complete activities such as;
  • creating and listening to messages using sound recording devices such as Easispeak recorders as part of a treasure hunt;
  • creating images using simple painting programmes on a computer;
  • using an interactive whiteboard to play a game;
  • taking digital photographs of other children in the outside play area;
  • working with an adult to create a “talking book”;
  • Walking round the school/setting to try to spot ways of communicating.
Year One
In year 1, children build on their ICT experiences from the Foundation Stage. They learn to improve their basic skills such as typing, taking photographs and recording sound, and revise these activities during the year. They start to combine text, image and sound in different ways.    They explore different ways of finding things out, including supervised and structured use of the Internet. They also begin to learn about digital communications and how to keep safe when using ICT.
Some examples of activities in Year 1 include
  • as part of work on a traffic survey children interpret a pictogram:
  • press buttons to control a robot or programmable toy:
  • record events using a digital camera:
  • compare an on-line simulation of an experiment on pushes and pulls with a real experiment:
  • use digital video, text, still digital images and/or recorded sound to share instructions or recount events:
  • select images of toys to create a virtual toy museum.
Year Two
During year two children have a clearer understanding of why they are using ICT and can take taught techniques and begin to apply them across similar situations. Children collect, organise and classify data in simple ways and ask questions about the data they have collected. They control a device to follow their instructions. They can explore a computer simulation in order to help them understand the impact of the choices they may make. Children increasingly work individually and in smaller groups, developing greater confidence and independence to develop their Catskills. They have access to ICT resources as part of their everyday learning and, as a class, they communicate electronically with others in school.
Some examples of activities in Year 2 include
  • planning and making a simple animation about road safety;
  • interpreting a chart and asking appropriate questions;
  • controlling a floor robot to move between two or more fixed points involving distance and turn;
  • Collaborating with other children on shared texts;
  • Experimenting with sounds to create a piece of rhythmic music:
  • Using specific sites on the Internet to find out about planets.
E- Safety
ICT is continuously changing and evolving. Therefore the children work towards specific e-safety objectives throughout the curriculum. The children are taught how to use the computers safely and what to do if they see something that upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
The E-safety Objectives are outlined below.
E-Safety Objectives – Nursery and Reception
We are learning to…
·         explore with real and pretend technology.
·         share and take turns with ICT equipment.
·         use the internet at home and at school with permission and help from an adult.
·         identify people who can help when using ICT
·         share learning online with one another and with the adults who keep us safe.
·         tell an adult if something upsets us.
E-Safety Objectives – Year 1 and Year 2
We are learning to…
·         only use the internet with permission from and the help of an appropriate adult at home and at school
·         follow internet personal safety rules at school and at home.
·         minimise the screen (or use Hector) if we see something on the internet that makes us feel uncomfortable and to tell an appropriate adult.
·         understand that many people can contribute to the internet and that communications can be in text, pictures and sound.
·         to begin to recognise the need to know about safety online.
·         follow instructions when using websites as many contain advertising and links to other websites which might not be suitable for us.