At St George the Martyr, we have a strong focus on computing. This is very important to our children because of the prevalence of technology in the everyday world and also due to the move to remote learning.
At school, our children are able to use ICT across a range of subjects. The children are able to access Chromebooks, laptops and iPads. We also have a link with the Camden Learning Centre (CLC) to offer even greater opportunities to further their interest in technology. We also offer a Computer Coding Club for enthusiastic coders.
The 'Switched onto Computing' scheme of work offers the pupils opportunities to apply their computing and ICT skills to projects involving photography, communication, App design, art and music. They are taught both skills and ICT knowledge. ‘Switched on’ develops computational thinking and problem solving skills.
E-safety is a high priority to teach in all areas of our school from the safe use of a computer to internet safety.
In the Early Years, children are introduced to technology through programmable toys. They are also beginning to access laptops, games and applications including ‘Purple Mash’.
In Key Stage 1, the children learn how to program ‘Bee Bots’ using directions, therefore creating their own basic computer code. They also start to use word processing software, such as Microsoft Word and create animated stories on Purple Mash.
In lower Key Stage 2, the children are introduced to ‘Scratch’, where they begin to create code for characters, backgrounds and other elements. They also further their word processing skills by starting to use programs like PowerPoint to create presentations and publishing their own work using Word.
In upper Key stage 2, the children are using ‘Scratch’ progressively and creating their own games, stories and quizzes. Children start to use excel and publisher as well as other Microsoft programs independently. Pupils are therefore developing confidence in the use of ‘Scratch’ to create code and design their own programmes.
Computing links to the schools vision by furthering the compassion of children by working together to overcome issues, honesty by making sure they are being safe on the internet and integrity by illustrating determination.
We are constantly assessing the children's learning in Computing by using self, peer and teacher assessment. We use verbal feedback to help further the students learning and model misconceptions.