Computing at Bournville Junior School
Now that the new computing curriculum has been introduced to all schools across the country, a new and even more exciting approach is being taken in the delivery of computing and ICT.
Computing is an essential part of the curriculum and, as a result of this, the resources available to the children are of the highest quality. The school’s ICT Room had a whole set of new computers installed at the end of 2013 and has a set of 32 iPads available for use across the school.
The school runs a ‘Code Club’ for any children who are eager to advance their understanding of coding, debugging and programming computers. In addition, children have the opportunity to become ‘Digital Leaders’ where they are able to train, learn new skills and able to support other children with the use of computers.
The Computing curriculum now focuses on three key strands and encourages children to understand how computers work, how to create and develop software and how to use computers efficiently and safely. These areas are:
•Information Technology: Using applications, sending messages, blogging, photography and film making.
•Computer Science: Coding, programming and control.
•Digital Literacy: Understanding computers, e-safety and cyber bullying.
“I first found using code very tricky, but now I can make all sorts of games and animations, just by setting a few instructions in the right order!” Sam, Year 6
“I really like coding because I’ve never done it before. It is much more exciting than making a PowerPoint.” Harry, Year 3
“When the Police came to school to talk about E-safety and Cyber-bullying, I found it really helpful, because I know what to do now if it happens to me.”Ella, Year 6
“My favourite part of computing is making instructions for my robot to follow.”Daniel, Year 6
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