Computing and I.C.T. underpin modern life and the 21st Century economy.
We believe in order to develop children into leaders and innovators of tomorrow, our children must be equipped with the range of skills for the 21st century. We are also aware that children come to school as ‘digital natives.’ As Douglas Adams said, “Everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal.”
All pupils at St Stephen have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use 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.
Our pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including Chromebooks, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our aim is to provide an ICT rich environment which allows pupils to gain the confidence and ability to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
We have 3 aims that underpin our vision:
- To develop the Computing skills of everyone in school so they are confident, safe and independent.
- To provide interactive learning for adults and children through a range of current technologies.
- To encourage independent learning for life.
Please see the documents at the end of this page to learn about the full Computing Curriculum at our school.
We love exploring the technology we have in Nursery. We are becoming very skilled at using our interactive white board! We learn about computers and that information can be retrieved from them.
In Reception we enjoy using technology. The children learn talk about technology that is used in places such as homes and schools as well as using it to practise their writing and letter formation.
This term we are investigating coding. We are working with our family of BeeBots. Giving them instructions of how to move around our classroom.
In Autumn 2 Year 2 are coding. We use 'Discovery Coding' on the Chrome books and 'Lets Go Code' to move ourselves!
In the Autumn Term we will be developing our coding skills, using Espresso coding, we will also use Popplet to take photos linked to our Guided Reading stories
The Year 4 children will be developing their coding skills, using Espresso coding
This half term, we are using 'Google Slides' to produce an information pack about the ancient Egyptians. We are also using the equipment to support research in other subjects. This is an ideal opportunity to think about our E-Safety skills and knowledge.
This half term, we are using 'Google Slides' to produce and information pack about the ancient Egyptians. We are also using the equipment to support research in other subjects. This is an ideal opportunity to think about our E-Safety skills and knowledge.
The DfE describes e-safety as a school's ability to safeguard, protect and educate pupils and staff in the acceptable use of technology and communications (including social media) as well as having established mechanisms in place to identify, intervene in and escalate any incident where appropriate.
Every year each class spend half a term working on E-Safety activities. In addition to this, E-safety is mentioned within any technology based lessons. As a school we also celebrate the national E-Safety day in February.
Useful Websites for Pupils, Parents and Carers
The following websites share useful advice, information and activities regarding E-Safety you can access and use at home.
Childnet Activities and advice for children
BBC Webwise An older website from the BBC that contains useful advice for parents
Safer Internet The organisation who run the yearly Safer Internet days, used by schools.
Internet matters A website designed for parents, with advice and guidance on how to keep children safe online at home
Please see the document links below for further information.