Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. The new national curriculum for computing provides schools with an exciting opportunity to reinvigorate teaching and learning in this important area of the curriculum. There is a far greater focus now on learning about computers and computation, not simply learning how to use technology. Our school Computing curriculum aims for a balance of computer science, information
technology and digital literacy.
ICT Rationale at Carr Junior School
At Carr Junior School we will ensure that computing education equips the children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which the children will be 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, children will be equipped to use information technology to create programs systems and a range of content. Computing will also ensure that children become digitally literate- able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.
Aims - In our school we aim to:
Ensure all staff and pupils are confident, competent, and independent users of ICT.
Motivate and inspire pupils and raise standards.
Develop an appreciation of the use of ICT in the context of the wider world.
Enrich learning and promote both autonomous study and group work
Develop pupil’s ability to use ICT appropriately and choose software suitable for a task.
Provide continuity and progression in the knowledge, skills and understanding of the National Curriculum.
Develop ICT into all curriculum areas.
Foster group work and collaboration between peers
Care for and respect equipment
The ICT Mark is an accreditation scheme available across the United Kingdom which recognises schools achieving a high standard of mature and effective use of technology for curriculum, management and administration. Schools holding the ICT Mark have demonstrated that they are committed to using technology to improve their overall effectiveness, efficiency and to improve pupil outcomes and standards in general.
Internet safety depends on staff, governors, advisers, parents and pupils to take responsibility for the use of the internet. At Carr Junior School we endeavour to share the e-safety message regularly. Understanding how to stay safe online plays an significant role in a pupils social and emotional development. Every February we run our internet safety week where lots of activities are organised for the children in an effort to reinforce the important e-safety message.
Take a look at the winning entries to our e-safety poster competition.
If your'e a parent who would like to know more about how you can support your child with e-safety then check out the 'THINK YOU KNOW' website link https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/