St Francis De Sales Catholic Infant And Nursery School

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Computing at St Francis de Sales

'Everyone should know how to program a computer as it teaches us how to think,'  Steve Jobs

Our children will...

  • Learn the key knowledge and skills in the three main
    areas of the computing curriculum: computer
    science, information technology and digital literacy.

  • The objectives within each strand support the
    development of learning across the school, ensuring
    a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.

Click here for our Computing Policy

Click here for our Computing Progression Document

Click here for our Computing Overview

Click here for our Computing Vocabulary Overview

Scroll down to see all of the Computational Thinking
taking place in school!

Year 2

The children developed their understanding of what information technology (IT) is. They discussed where they have seen IT in school and beyond, such as in shops and at the doctors. During the spring term have been developing their understanding of instructions in sequences and the use of logical reasoning to predict outcomes. They used commands in different orders to investigate how the order affects the outcome. In the summer term, the children recognised different devices that can be used to capture photograph and gained experience capturing and improving photos. They used their knowledge to recognise that images they see may not always be real. 

Year 1 

The children have been developing their understanding of technology and how it can help them in their everyday lives. They also considered how to use technology responsibly. During the spring term, Year 1 children were exposed to further programming concepts by building onto their Computational Thinking from Reception. They were able to command floor robots and were introduced to algorithms. Children have also been developing their understanding of a range of tools used for digital painting during the summer term. They then used these tools to create their own digital paintings, while gaining inspiration from a range of artists' work. 


The children have been engaging with a lot of unplugged (no computer) activities that focus on building their listening skills, curiosity and creativity and problem solving. The children have been taking photographs with an iPad, searching for information on the internet, playing games on the interactive whiteboard, watching a video clips and much more! As part of the development of Computational Thinking the pupils are exposed throughout the curriculum to following instructions and the importance of them being in order. They have developed these skills when making pumpkin soup - which is just one example! 


The children have been engaging with a lot of unplugged (no computer) activities to develop their communication and language skills and understanding of the world. As part of developing the children's Computation Thinking they have been exploring different forms of technology. This includes using a keyboard and mouse to control a space station! They have also been packing their rucksacks with important objects such as torches and walkie talkies. Nursery have also been using the internet on a laptop to search for information all about space. The children found that the internet had so much information and was a good source to help answer any space questions that they were curious about.