By now, your child should be using technology confidently enough to develop their research skills and decide what information is needed for their work. They will begin to question the reliability and quality of information and learn how to edit and present their work in a way that appeals to different types of audience.
How will my child use technology?
During Key Stage 2, your child will begin to use technology to:
- create multimedia presentations using text, images and sounds
- create links between pages and show sensitivity to the needs of their audience
- write clearly and communicate better about different topics
- use spreadsheets to create and explore mathematical models
- use formulae in spreadsheets to answer 'what if ...?' questions
- explore how changes in a spreadsheet affect results
- use input devices or switches to control a process
- attach devices such as pressure pads, light sensors, magnetic switches and on/off switches to a control box
- program a computer to carry out a process when it detects some sort of change, e.g. switch on the light when it gets dark
- learn the control language necessary to program a control box to make decisions, e.g. 'if... then...'
What types of technology are we talking about?
Schools differ in the ways they teach ICT: some will teach dedicated ICT lessons, others will teach ICT skills in lessons as the need arises. Most schools have an interactive whiteboard and may provide sufficient computers for a whole class to work individually or together. Others may offer a computer room, or an interactive whiteboard with a limited number of computers in each classroom.
As your child progresses, they may be taught how to use a range of different technologies such as Global Satellite Systems (GPS), digital recording equipment or even communication software such as video conferencing.
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