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Computing

Computing (the new name for ICT) is such an important life skill. Computers are part of everyday life and for most of us, is essential to our lives at home and at work. Teachers at St Joseph’s recognise how important it is in today's world that pupils should have a good knowledge and understanding of technology and how it works and can be used.

 

The aims of the new Computing Curriculum is to equip the future generations with the necessary skills for adult life and employment within the ever-changing technological environment we live in. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is vital in achieving this, therefore here at Alwoodley Primary, we have ensured our Computing curriculum provides opportunities where children:

  • understand the ethical guidelines of using the internet safely,  valuing their own identity
  •  appreciate and respect advances in technology to enable them to reflect on experiences when learning about the world around them
  •  actively support each other in challenging problem solving situations where design, programming and construction is essential  

 

Our school is complimented by a large Computing suite. All pupils have access to this facility, with each class timetabled for a dedicated session of Computing per week. In addition to this, pupils have access to portable tablets. Teachers also incorporate the use of Computing into other areas of the curriculum, which enables pupils to see how the use of technology can be used in a wider context.

Pupils are also given the opportunity to use a variety of resources, including calculators, photocopiers, digital imaging equipment (video and photographic), audio equipment, and electronic microscopes.

 ‘Espresso Education’ is used to enrich pupil learning in the classroom and is often used to keep the children up to date with issues in the news appropriate to their age. Interactive quizzes are enjoyed by all.

Across school our children have access to Mathletics, which is designed to provide our children with a captivating and safe mathematical learning experience, where math tasks have been set linked to classwork.

Another online platform we use is Bug Club, that features a range of books to support individual e-reading and focused questions to improve reading comprehension skills.

 

Year 2 using Bee Bots within Maths

Year 1 using our SMART board to count

 

Looking Forward
ICT is constantly changing and through review and analysis, we aim to keep our curriculum relevant and exciting for pupils. This means access to a broader range of experiences for pupils, using software and web applications in new and interesting ways.
School offers a texting service to help keep parents informed.

 

Safety and Security
All parents are asked to sign the Internet Access Form, which clearly states expectations for pupils when using the internet as a resource at school. All children have access to the internet with supervision.

The Internet system is provided through our internet provider, through the Local Authority and is protected from unsuitable material by an accredited filter. In addition to this filtering, the school also has its own in-house system to monitor computer usage and receive technical support from St. Wilfrid’s.

As part of the Computing curriculum, internet safety and security is taught half termly as a discrete lesson, as well as linked throughout the curriculum.  The teaching of E-Safety to our pupils is in age-appropriate stages as they move through the school.

Year 6 using the tablets