We are fortunate to have a well resourced computer suite, with 30 computers and an interactive whiteboard. Each class has a new Smart TV, installed in 2018 which is used to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
We support and extend the children in computing skills and aim to provide them with the relevant knowledge they will need for the future. We follow the new National Curriculum for computing. This has three main areas: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Teaching and learning takes place in our designated computer suite. The children learn about computers and computer systems and have access to technology in the classroom and through teaching in other curriculum areas.
Teachers use a range of strategies to deliver computing. These include demonstrating to the whole class using classroom Smartboards, individual or paired working, whole class discussions, collaborative group work and by encouraging children to demonstrate new skills to others and to peer evaluate. Computing is taught in a balanced, creative and stimulating way across Key Stages 1 and 2. Children develop their ideas using technology and create a wide range of content. By designing and building programs, the children learn how these programs work.
We aim to teach pupils to use equipment and software confidently and purposefully through the computing curriculum, which focuses more directly on coding and programming skills. In addition to coding, children are taught how to use green screen technology, take part in animation sessions, and engage with technology.
With these skills our pupils use ICT to enhance their learning across all areas of the curriculum. The Russell School believes that the Internet offers a valuable resource for teachers and children and it is recognised that there are risks that children may gain access to material that is inappropriate. The E Safety and Acceptable Use Policy sets out the measures taken to minimise these risks, and we follow the ‘Smile and Stay Safe’ e-safety scheme.