At South End Junior School computing is taught in a cross-curricular way, allowing pupils to see the uses and application of computer skills in all areas of their learning. Each Hub has access to a trolley of 30 laptops and 15 Ipads which are shared out amongst the classes during curriculum subject time and available solely for one class during their computing skills lessons. Although we follow the Rising Stars: Switched On computing scheme, we do so in a way which allows pupils to apply new skills in other subjects such as English, maths, science and Doorways and Pathways.
The three areas of computing which children learn about are:
Computer science: Pupils are taught the principles of information processing and computation, how digital systems work and how to input this knowledge to use through programming
Information technology: Pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Digital literacy: Pupils are able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a level suitable for their future in secondary education and as active participants in a digital world. They will become safe and responsible users of digital technology.
Online Learning: At South End Junior, we use Edmodo as our online learning platform. It is a highly effective resource that reaches out to children on an accessible level, to extend and challenge learning continuously. Children are able to participate in discussions, complete challenges set and share learning through their account. Each class will have shared space where they can add information and continue their learning at home. The class pages are regularly updated and monitored by the class teachers.
The internet is such a vital part of children’s lives these days; the opportunities that are available online for both educational and social reasons are immense. Through PSHCE and computing, children are taught how to take advantage of these opportunities whilst remaining safe. We use resources such as CEOP – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – to explore the dangers with children and teach them key rules when online to avoid such dangers.
On Tuesday 7th February we launched SAFER INTERNET DAY 2017! Across the school, we explored ways to promote Online-Safety and show our children as active ambassadors of safe internet use.