The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. They will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
The programming element of the curriculum involves the use of programs such as Kodable, Scratch, Logo and Python, and hardware such as Beebots and Lego Wedo.
Pupils in every year group learn about the importance of e-safety. In addition, pupils in Year 3 and Year 5 follow Safe, a programme of practical activities that develop pupils’ skills, self-confidence and safety awareness when using social networking sites. Safe Certificates are awarded to pupils at the end of the course.
Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, visualiser and at least two networked computers. We have an infant computer room and junior computer room, each with 32 networked computers. We also have two banks of iPads, two radio stations, two green screen film studios and a 3D printer.
School Radio Stations
At Whitchurch we have a two school radio stations run by pupils. The infant radio station is run by Year 6 and Year 2 pupils, who create podcasts every month that are published on our learning platform. The junior radio station is run by Year 6 pupils and is broadcast live to the whole school during lunch breaks.
Green Screen Film Studio
Pupils use our green screen film studio to film scripts that they have written. The films are then edited using Adobe Premier Elements to create some wonderful movies.
The school has a wonderful 3D printer. Pupils design items using an online computer-aided design software package. These models are then transformed into plastic objects via our 3D printer.
We have a site called Whitchurch FM on Makewaves, a safe social learning platform for children, which allows all pupils to create multi-media stories from home and school to safely share online with school children from around the world.
We have two groups of digital leaders who support with the teaching of Computing across the school. The infant team support other pupils in their own classes; the junior team support teachers and pupils across the school.