Computing plays an important role by supporting learning and providing opportunities to understand the changing world in which we live.
The 2014 Computing Curriculum is separated into three distinct strands that our children have opportunities to excel in:
Digital Literacy is concerned with developing pupils’ awareness of internet safety and the safe and appropriate use of technology in wider society. Each class is timetabled to cover at least two half terms’ work on Digital Literacy each year. Each class uses the South West Grid for Learning Planning to support the teaching of Digital Literacy. In addition, e-safety is covered in life skills staying safe week, regular assemblies and visitor workshops such as the police, BT click-safety, parent e-safety workshops.
Code and computer programming was introduced as a key element of the National Curriculum for Computing in 2014. The computing scheme of work has been developed to allow pupils to become proficient at following and sequencing algorithms, debug programmes and design their own computer games & programmes. Each class have computing lessons for at least two half terms following planning that includes using specially adapted programmes such as Scratch and Kodu.
In Years 3 and 4 pupils receive additional Information Technology lessons in order to become efficient technology users. They will practise using word processing programmes, creating presentations, researching using the internet and become proficient at saving and organising their work. In Years 5 and 6 pupils are encouraged to apply these skills more readily to their work across the whole curriculum. Opportunities to use IT in the curriculum have been mapped.
Pupils have regular access to computers, laptops and i-pads. We currently have provision for 1 computer for every 2.5 pupils. Each class is equipped with Apple TV, i-pads, free access to computers, an interactive whiteboard and a class blog to provide an easy way to share our successes with the wider community.
Pupils have access to a number of quality subscriptions including: Education City, Purple Mash, My Maths and Curriculum Visions. Pupils also have access to their own school email address through the Durham Learning Gateway. School buys into the County Computing and Website Service Level Agreements to ensure staff receive up to date training in Computing and developing the school website annually.
The school also has its own website which is easily accessed by parents and the wider community to find a range of useful information about our school.
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