Children are given the opportunity to use IT equipment for a variety of applications across the curriculum. It is integrated into all areas of schoolwork.
Children are encouraged to use computers for research and to exchange information; also to use word processors and other programs to create, modify and evaluate work in line with the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Computing skills including programming is taught both in class and small groups as well as individually depending upon the context and application.
Our school uses Scratch. This is a free desktop and online multimedia authoring tool that can be used by children, teachers, and parents to easily create games and provide a stepping stone to the more advanced world of computer programming. It can be used for a range of educational and entertainment constructivist purposes from math and science projects, including simulations and visualisations of experiments, recording lectures with animated presentations, to social sciences animated stories, and interactive art and music.
Greater emphasis is also placed on keeping children safe on the internet and in using their own devices. This is addressed through our e -safety policy.
Viewing the existing projects available on the Scratch website, or modifying and testing any modification without saving it requires no online registration.
Scratch allows users to use event driven programming with multiple active objects called “sprites”. Sprites can be drawn — as either vector or bitmap graphics — from scratch in a simple editor that is part of the Scratch, or can be imported from external sources, including webcam.
The EYFS and Key Stage 1 start simply with instructions and programming through literacy and Key stage 2 introduce Scratch and allow the children to design and invent their games and characters through topics.
In addition to computing, the children use the microsoft programmes to word process, create power – points and use a variety of software for purposes of the cross curricular themes.
As stated last year, we have now invested in more computing equipment. We have Beebots in the Nursery and Reception for the children to instruct and manoeuvre. We have new ipads, laptops and we hope to work towards integrating the curriculum and providing children with richer experiences and skills in IT.