Learning about technology starts from birth because it’s the way the world works today. Technology is an integral part of all young children’s environment and world. They are surrounded by technology just as they are surrounded by language, print and numbers. In the home, technology includes remote controls for television, DVDs and sound systems, toys that have buttons and buzzers, mobile phones, washing machines, microwave ovens and other machines that require programming, and of course, computers and mobile devices such as iPads.
The use of computers and computer systems is an integral part of the National Curriculum and knowing how they work is a key life skill. In an increasingly digital world there now exists a wealth of software, tools and technologies that can be used to communicate, collaborate, express ideas and create digital content. At Chapelford Village Primary we recognise that pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced computing education with a structured, progressive, approach to the learning how computer systems work, the use of IT and the skills necessary to become digitally literate and participate fully in the modern world.
This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online.