The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.
A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world! Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs and systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that children become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
As the landscape of IT is ever changing, more importance is placed upon learning transferable skills that can be applied to a variety of applications. The school undertook a very successful pilot project with a IT company through which we explored the possibilities of cloud based IT. As a result, we rolled out a cloud based system using google chrome pads. This, in time will enable pupils to access their learning from home and parents will also have increased access to their child's home learning. We will continue to utilise our existing windows machines so that the pupils have a thorough working knowledge of different systems.
The school subscribes to Espresso, a website that offers a range of content and tools that is simply unrivalled. It covers all year groups and subjects, plus whole-school initiatives such as SEAL and Heathy Schools. It also offers a multitude of resource types to suit all kinds of learning and teaching styles. Espresso even includes SATs-related resources. Espresso specialises in taking educational concepts and applying a 'real-world' context through video and other multimedia elements. This encourages pupils to think beyond the simple fact, resulting in the deeper and wider learning of concepts. Designed with both teachers and pupils in mind, Espresso is a resource that can be teacher-led or facilitate pupils working independently in a safe online environment. http://www.espresso.co.uk/
We also subscribe to Expresso Coding which we use as our main route to teaching Coding.
The School uses Junior Librarian which is a web based library system, giving the children a real purpose for ICT.
Creates an engaging online library for pupils, staff and parents
Tracks reading progress and trends across the whole school
Makes reading cooler with an integrated eBook library
Embeds the library into the teaching of ICT and literacy
Engages with parents using the fantastic free imls app
Links our library and resources to our school VLE or website
Creates an asset register for all school resources
Automatic next book recommendations with ‘Who Next’