Here at Lostock Gralam C of E Primary School we ensure our Computing lessons reflect our school vision ‘Children are at the heart of everything that we do and Christ is the light that guides us’ (John 8:12).
Our children live out our Christian Values (Hope, Respect, Friendship, Love, Courage, Forgiveness) in their lessons.
Children show friendship and love as they work collaboratively to complete projects, as well as perseverance when tasks do not go as planned. Children feel a sense of pride and satisfaction when they complete a project. They are taught how to respect their own personal information online, as well as how to respect other.
At Lostock Gralam, we use the ‘Mr Andrews’ scheme of work to support the planning and teaching of computing. Where possible, we link our computing lessons to our wider curriculum. This ensures that children are engaged in creative and stimulating lessons that develop their computing skills and enable them to be prepared for a future where technology will play a significant role.
Here at Lostock, we ensure our children have opportunities to expand and apply their knowledge of all computing concepts. Computer programming, understanding computer networks and online safety all form part of the computing curriculum. Developing these skills enables children to become competent users and programmers of computers.
Technology is not only used to deliver our Computing curriculum, but is also used as a resource for learning across the whole curriculum.
Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and a bank of two laptops, enabling the teachers and children to use ICT across the whole curriculum throughout the day. For example,
- Children may complete challenges during maths lessons
- They may use the laptops or iPads during guided reading to find the meanings of words or to access e-books
- Children with difficulties in spelling may use a computer programme (IDL) to support them
- Times tables can be practised independently using computer games e.g. times tables rockstars
- Children can carry out research in foundation subjects
In addition, we have 30 laptops and 30 iPads that are used throughout the school on a rota basis, across the curriculum and during computing lessons where every child needs a device.
“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”
Year 1: ‘I like using bee bots.’
Year 2: ‘I enjoy creating algorithms.’
Year 3: ‘I like creating the strongest passwords to keep myself safe online.’
Year 4: ‘My favourite computing lesson was when we made a scratch quiz about the digestive system.’
Year 5: ‘I have found it useful learning about other search engines that we can use to gather research.’
Year 6: ‘I like using the iPads to research and create PowerPoints in topic lessons. I like when we get to work together to create a project too.’
For more information on Lostock's computing curriculum, please see the documents below.