Evidence of Computing 2015/16
ICT & Computing: Teaching and Learning at Bedford Primary School
At Bedford we are proud to offer a wide range of technology in school to ensure that the teaching of Computing is of high quality and the learning that takes place is purposeful.
We teach Computing through three strands:
We constantly strive to ensure all pupils can use technology to communicate effectively in many different ways. Through this strand we teach pupils to become digitally literate by being able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. By doing so we aim to make all pupils ready to transer these skills into the future workplace and as active paritcipants in the digital world.
Through this strand, pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. In school we have a range of technology to support with this, including brand new sets of Ipads, a bank of laptops and banks of desktop computers around the school. We use a range of software to enhance the teaching of computer science, for example through apps such as A.L.E.X., Cargobot and Scratch.
Building on our computer science teaching we allow pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Every year group receives dedicated e-safety sessions every half-term to ensure that our children are kept up to date with the important messages of keeping themselves safe while online. We also support Safer Internet Week every year as a way of further enhancing the profile of e-safety across the school.
We are always keen to develop programming skills for our higher ability children. For the past three years we have taken a team of Year 6 pupils to the First Lego League Competition in Manchester, where pupils have to use their programming skills to tackle a game board to earn points. In January 2014 we were proud to see our team earn 3rd place! Competing against Secondary and Grammar schools our Year 6 team made us very proud!
We are now working towards next year's competiton and go one step further!
ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) in School:
The school provides an impressive range of ICT opportunities,including banks of computers throughout the school, trolleys of portable laptops that can be used within the classroom and trolleys of Ipads across each Key Stage. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard which are linked to the Internet and allow resources from a wide range of facilities to be brought into the classroom to increase interest and aid learning. Staff and pupils also use Bug Club, Espresso & My Maths websites.The link below will take you to the Home Learning Page which explains how to access these sites.