The way we teach Computing
The children are taught a progression of skills in all areas of word processing, including multi-media presentation, data handling, graphics, data retrieval (including constructive use of the internet), spreadsheets and control. They are 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 thirty iPads and sixteen notebooks so that ICT underpins the entire curriculum in every class.
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 digital cameras and easi-speak voice recorders in each year group, which not only means that we can evidence what the children have been doing, but also provides children the opportunity to assess and analyse their own work. Through Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), 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 IT technician, who ensures that all our equipment is functioning effectively. 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.