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Computing

The 2014 National Curriculum introduces a new subject computing which replaces ICT.

There are three aspects of the new computing curriculum

  • Computer science
  • Information Technology
  • Digital Literacy

Children develop and build on their computing skills as they progress through the school.

Our Early Years children develop early mouse skills, use programmable toys and become aware of the uses of ICT in the world around them. In Key Stage 1 and 2 children begin to explore ICT and learn how to use it confidently. They use music packages, paint packages, animation, word processing, programmable robots and use the internet to carry out research. Our ICT curriculum includes the teaching of E-Safety to ensure that pupils know how to be safe online.

All classes have access to our ICT Suite and all children have regular, weekly lessons to develop ICT skills. The suite comprises of 14 networked computers which are all linked to the Internet, a printer and an interactive whiteboard. There is also a set of iPads that are available to each Key Stage or can be used by one class when needed. These are used in computing lessons and are available to support other areas of the curriculum for example developing speaking and listening in Early Years, reading books and maths games.

Interactive whiteboards are in every classroom in Early Years and Key Stage 1 and are used for teaching across the curriculum. Recently we have replaced the Interactive whiteboards in our Key Stage 2 classrooms with flat screen TVs. These provide a higher resolution and with the addition of apple TV the children can use iPads to interact with a lesson in anew way.  The school is also equipped with digital cameras, a TV , DVD player and CD players. We aim to provide children with new technology to use in their lessons for example a digital thermometer and the children will soon be using ozobots.

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