Computing and computer technology underpin today’s modern lifestyle therefore it is essential that all pupils grow and develop their confidence and skills through the effective teaching of computing. At Parkhill Junior School, we strive to ensure children are online-safe, online-inspired and online-confident. We actively promote the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world that is increasingly dependent upon technology. We provide children with ample opportunities to use technology. Blogging, augmented reality, animation and designing allows our children to make real world, life-long connections. At Parkhill Junior School, the teaching of computing enhances and extends children’s learning, across all subject areas; it encourages children to think computationally, preparing them as citizens for the current and future digital community.
With generous access to devices, 60 portable laptops, 20 ipads, as well as 15 VR headsets we ensure each child will be able to access the Internet and use the World Wide Web in a safe and respectful way. They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help. No child will feel threatened or unsafe whilst online at school or at home. Children will also utilise the Web efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects. We highly value the positive impact technology can have in providing a high-quality education (Article 28).
As a school we believe that every single child can achieve academic success in computing and gain more computing skills regardless of their starting point.
Children will be able to:
*understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms, and data representation
*analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
*evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
*Children will be responsible, competent, confident, and creative users of information and communication technology.