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I.C.T.

At Shirley Heath Junior School we believe that Computing and the use of ICT is central to the education of all children. We aim to give each pupil the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. We currently have a computer suite fitted with 30 networked computers, a mini ICT suite with 6 networked computers and 45 Ipads which are used daily in school alongside a variety of educational software and apps.

Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to Computing and the use of ICT, with the understanding of the capabilities and flexibility of their resources. We recognise the importance computers play in society today and understand the need for children to become computer literate as Computing and ICT will undoubtedly continue to form a major part in the their life at home, in further education and throughout places of work. We strive to ensure that the Computing and ICT experiences and abilities that the children are equipped with are effective and transferrable life skills.

Our current scheme of work includes six units for each year group covering:

  • Programming
  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Computer networks
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Productivity

The new National Curriculum 2014 states that a high quality computing curriculum equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. At Shirley Heath Junior School, children will be taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Children will be equipped to use ICT to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing lessons at Shirley Heath ensure that children become digitally literate at a level suitable for their academic stage, to develop them for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.