‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’
National Curriculum 2014
At Connaught Junior School, we believe that children should be prepared for life in the digital age through the teaching of a strong computing curriculum. We achieve this by teaching coding skills across a variety of platforms; teaching children to understand how networks and the internet function; and by using a broad range of technologies for a variety of purposes. This is underpinned by the rigorous teaching of online safety to ensure that children are able to engage appropriately with the internet in and out of school. As a result, our children gain skills that can be applied across different technologies and are confident in using them safely inside and beyond the classroom.
We offer an exciting curriculum that encompasses many different areas of technology and is able to engage and challenge our learners.
Through the use of our Apple Mac suite - containing desktop computers that can be used for both Windows and Mac software - we are able to teach children different information technology skills that can then be applied to a range of software. We aim to engage our learners by using technology for many different purposes, from learning to copy and paste images in presentations using Apple’s Keynote to learning website design skills in Google Sites.
Through the use of a number of platforms, including micro:bit and Scratch, we are able to teach computer science skills in a way that challenges and engages all learners. We ensure that children have a solid understanding of algorithms and that they are able to use logical reasoning and problem solving to write and debug programs.
We take online safety extremely seriously and understand that high quality online safety lessons are essential in ensuring the wellbeing of our children, in and out of school. Online Safety is taught once a half term through the use of expert created schemes such as the SMART crew, Google’s Be Internet Legends and ThinkUKnow’s Band Runner. In the ever-changing world of online gaming and social media, we know that it is vital to teach children about technology that is relevant to them and meets their online needs.
“I find our online safety lesson help us talk through different scenarios and what things we may encounter online.”
“I love using the different programmes in the ICT suite. Scratch and Turtle Art are definitely my favourite because I can be really creative.”
“The amount of equipment we have is incredible. We are so lucky as most schools don't have the privilege to have both iPads and iMac desktop computers.”
Here are a selection of the best computing and online safety websites that might be of interest to you:
https://scratch.mit.edu/ - Scratch is the main website used for KS2 children to make programs using block language.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zvnrq6f - This BBC page offers a wealth of information on different areas of the computing curriculum.
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/ - ThinkUKnow is the educational programme from NCA-CEOP, containing activities and videos for children as well as information for parents.
http://www.childnet.com/resources/the-adventures-of-kara-winston-and-the-smart-crew - With the help of the characters Kara and Winston, the SMART crew help children learn how to safety navigate the online world.
https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides - National Online Safety have produced a number of guides for different platforms, games and sites that aim to help parents better understand how their child uses the internet.
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - NetAware is a branch of the NSPCC that offers concise information on the commonly used websites and platforms of our children.