A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
Digital technologies are now critical components of the way we communicate. ICT is fundamental to the functioning of society and the economy as a whole and as such is key to high quality learning and teaching in schools. Here at Garlinge we recognise that learners must be taught to use and develop these technologies safely and effectively. (NB. Kyle - hyperlink to GPSN E-Safety policy and GPSN AUP policies) All our classrooms are equipped with Interactive Whiteboards and a digital projector, enabling staff and children to develop new ways of presenting, sharing and manipulating information and ideas.
Visualisers have been a very valuable addition to our equipment base: attached to the teacher's computer the software controls a powerful camera capable of zooming in very closely on anything placed on its bed: objects to be looked at and discussed, work being marked, ideas to be shared, text to be read as a group and on and on ..... What the camera sees illuminated from beneath or above by high quality LED lights, is displayed on the interactive whiteboard and can be captured as a still photograph or video.
To this aim all pupils, from Nursery to Year 6, are provided with opportunities to explore a wide range of digital technology within the Primary Curriculum.
Children and staff have access to a variety of peripheral devices for delivering ICT and other curriculum subjects:
|Digital Cameras||Programmable Devices||Control and Sensing Devices|
|Controllable models||Nintendo DS||Nintendo Wii|
We have recently extended our hardware collection with the Promethean Activote system. Each child (or group) can press one of six buttons to register their answer to a question chosen by the teacher. The software gives immediate feedback on the numbers of users choosing different options. The choices can be different possibilities in a developing story, opinions on any subject or answers to a specific question.
Using the voting pods means even the quietest child can express their view or give their answer without the need to draw attention to themselves. They can see if their answer is correct and who else might have got it right or wrong.
The very latest addition to our hardware collection is the Easi-Speak sound recorder. It looks like a small microphone, the user can carry it around and record sounds straight onto the built-in memory card, just like a digital camera can store images. The sound can be played back on the spot and stored either as an MP3 or wave sound file. The Easi-Speak can then be plugged straight into a USB port on any of our computers and the sound downloaded ready to be added to other sounds, edited, changed, inserted into presentations, sent by e-mail or included in a video or other presentation.
We have also ordered a set of 'Easi-Ears' - a digital audio system enabling teachers and pupils to create their own MP3 recordings and transfer them onto the wireless headphones for as individuals or as a whole group.
This system encourages and helps children to develop their speaking and listening skills and can be used across the entire primary curriculum.
Our software and technology collection is unusually large for a primary school and is extended regularly to take account of new developments and opportunities.