ST PETER’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.” Albert Einstein.
Computing is embedded in our everyday lives. At St Peter’s, we know the importance of fostering our children’s passion and thirst for technology and so provide them with the skills and learning they need to become confident, capable and responsible users of a wide range of technological equipment.
Each week, pupils in KS1 and KS2 receive a dedicated Computing lesson where we develop skills tint the three aspects of the new computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
We have a wireless network throughout the school which enables us to use mobile trollies with laptops for ‘in-class’ teaching of Computing. We have a full class set of high quality laptops, allowing one pupil per computer and every classroom is fitted with an interactive touch screen whiteboard, providing a highly engaging way of teaching skills and concepts. We encourage the use of laptops in many areas of the curriculum and provide opportunities where the children can work together on a particular skill or projects linked to other subjects.
We continually upgrade both our hardware and software to ensure the children have access to high quality equipment, which can be used across the curriculum. We have recently purchased a set of Learnpads and we are developing our teaching to incorporate their use into our learning. Another recent addition is Lego ® Education Wedo; a robotics system which encourages children to create and debug simple programming sequences. Children can predict the outcomes of their programming and explore the instant physical effect on their model, allowing them to refine or optimise their program.
Other resources that we have are Bee-Bots and Blue-Bots, webcams and dataloggers that are used to develop a variety of skills and enhance the learning experience within Computing and across the curriculum.
A high priority for us is safeguarding children; E-Safety is taught to every pupil across the school and is reinforced throughout all of our Computing units.