The use of Computing is an integral part of the National Curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Lady Bankes Junior School, we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively.
Teachers use technology as a way to teach children the necessary skills for their future. Our aim is to enhance, extend and deepen their learning through access to a range of resources and information. Throughout the computing curriculum, the children are active programmers, researchers and bloggers, they are provided with opportunities to develop and gain confidence in their computing ability which can therefore be transferred into the real world.
At Lady Bankes Junior School we understand the responsibility we have to educate our pupils on e-safety issues; teaching them appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom. Whilst we celebrate and promote E-Safety days, we feel that E-Safety should be discussed within every Computing lesson to ensure our children understand their responsibility for staying safe online and how/who to report any issues to.
We have guidelines in place to protect teachers, non-teaching staff, our schools, the pupils and their families that are applicable to you if you use any social media site. They are designed to ensure compliance with the law and our rules regarding conduct and that our reputation is not brought into disrepute, either intentionally or otherwise. Breach of these guidelines may lead to staff receiving disciplinary action, and may put you in breach of child protection legislation. For governors and volunteers, this may result in serious discussions about your suitability for a voluntary role in our schools.
We have heavily invested in computing resources since 2018 to provide staff and children with the opportunities to continue to develop their computing skills. We have 30 new PC’s which the children use within their Computing lesson and 30 iPads which are used to develop and enhance the wider curriculum. These resources are ensuring that Lady Bankes is moving in the right direction and continuing to strive towards the future.
Scheme of work
Teachers are familiarising themselves with a new scheme of work which took effect from September 2019. Computing lessons are delivered using these progressive plans which provides detail lesson plans and resources which are user friendly and compatible with our systems.
The Children at Lady Bankes Junior School are engaged and enthused when applying their computing skills in and out of the classroom. They are continually developing their competencies across all year groups by learning and applying new and existing skills across the full range of curriculum areas relevant for their year group. We are committed to growing children’s confidence to enable them to make decisions about how to creatively use a range of ICT technologies to enhance their own learning.