Computing


Computing Vision

At Parkhill Junior school our vision for computing is to keep our pupils safe online. We provide them with the knowledge and skills to do so, promoting SMART messages throughout the curriculum.
We recognise that as a school we have a responsibility to prepare the pupils for their future by improving their knowledge and understanding of how imperative technology is as an aid to learning and the real world beyond school.
As computing is an increasing part of life today it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. The use of technology will enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.
We aim to expose children to the educational developments in computing and provide them with the opportunities to access to the most effective and emerging technologies. We highly value the positive impact technology can have in providing a high-quality education (Article 28).

It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
o can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
o can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
o can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
o are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

The impact our curriculum will have on pupils will be:
o Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.
o Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
o Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.

The key message this year for staying safe online is: Consent

What is consent?
Consent is another word for permission.  When we are online, we need to ask for permission for some things and give permission for others.  Examples might be your location online or inviting new friends to social media groups.

Remember stay safe online and enjoy learning!

Please click here to visit Safer Internet Day Website.

Digital Leaders

As digital leaders it is our role to:
• Help others learn how to be safer online
• Talk to children across the school about any e-safety concerns that they might have
• Learn how to use new technologies, apps and software
• Support teachers in using new technologies, apps and software in lessons
• Suggest improvements to the ICT around school
• Plan and deliver online safety assemblies and online safety starters for every computing lesson and Feedback to Ms Porter
• Keep parents and Governors up to date with current e-safety topics
• Promote Safer Internet Day and organise whole school activities
• Read aloud the monthly online newsletter to our own class and feedback to Ms Porter