At Annfield Plain Junior School, we aim to prepare pupils for their next stage of education and life. We aim to develop the skills and knowledge needed to be ICT literate, whilst making learning in computing engaging and enjoyable.
Computing plays an important role by supporting learning and providing opportunities to understand the changing world in which we live. This year we are trialling the introduction of STEM projects to increase the challenge and support pupils in developing skills which will support them in their future lives.
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. School also buys in to Gooseberry Planet which also supports this.
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. This is an area our pupils achieve well at and therefore, this year we are investigating the increase in challenge of coding and robotics, using Techy Tots for all classes and an after-school club.
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, some which they can access at home, including: Gooseberry Planet, Purple Mash, My Maths, Oxford Reading Buddy, Reading Plus. 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.
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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