Mr Winstanley is our Leader for Computing and online safety
Computing is taught weekly as a discrete subject where pupils learn about using the internet, communicating (via our VLE), data retrieval, presentation and programming. They are then encouraged to apply the skills that they have learnt, throughout all areas of the curriculum. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and at least one personal computer. Each year group has a bank of 20 iPads and 15 netbooks so that computing underpins the entire curriculum in every class. We also have Apple TV units in each class which are being used to enhance teaching and ensure that children are trained with the very latest technologies. The children use interactive activities, games, puzzles and 3D virtual reality daily, to ensure that they are kept interested and most importantly, are enjoying what they are being taught. We also have camcorders, digital cameras and easi-speak voice-recorders in each year group which not only mean that we can evidence what the children have been doing, but also provides children the opportunity to assess and analyse their own work. Through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) children can access large areas of the curriculum at home and are encouraged to complete extended learning tasks with parental support. We employ an onsite specialised technician who ensures that all our equipment is functioning effectively and supports teachers with their lessons. Safeguarding our children using new technologies is our priority and the children are regularly educated about the risks involved and are taught strategies about what to do should a situation occur where they feel unsafe. Hector the Protector (a safeguarding tool) is also installed on all school computers. Our website is updated weekly and provides both parents and children with information related to school and the curriculum.