We aim to enable children to become familiar with a range of information technologies and to use their skills for a variety of educational purposes. Currently children have opportunities to word process, use desk top publishing, incorporate graphics, use and create data bases, explore adventure games and use floor robots etc alongside using a variety of programs to support their learning in other areas of the curriculum.
New curriculum (Sept 2014)
The new curriculum for Computing is very exciting it encompasses all that we have been teaching currently alongside acknowledging that in our fast moving digital world children are often way ahead of some adults and we need to be teaching in more depth about computers. Therefore the new curriculum has been split into three distinct areas.
- Computer Science (CS) the understanding of how computers work, how to create simple programs advancing to algorithms and understanding computer networks.<
- Information Technology (IT), using technology to create digital content, using software, collecting data, supporting learning etc.
- Digital Literacy (DL) which includes how to use the internet safely, how to keep information private, safety and respect when using the internet, being discerning about digital content and what is acceptable and what is not.
Online subscription resources in school include Espresso, Education City; Lingoscope alongside other programs which are not web based but are available on the network for teaching and learning in school.
Web based homework, competitions and activities are available to children to access from home i.e. Education City, Times Table Rock Stars and Sumdog. Teachers also regularly update the school website with web links to specific topic work and core subject work to enhance children’s learning at home.
We have a computer suite with 29 work stations connected to the printer/copier and a smart board for presentations and teaching purposes. All computers are networked and a robust wireless system has recently been fitted in the school giving access to the internet and school network for children, teachers and administration staff.
Computers are well used throughout the school by children of all ages in class and through regular sessions in the computer suite.
Each class has an interactive white board for teaching and learning purposes connected to the teachers PC and also most classes have an additional laptop for children to use.
Individual laptops are available for use in class by some children who have specific SEND.