A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. At Wigton Moor, all pupils (including those in Reception) visit our computer suite a least once a week and have access to ipads to support their learning. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. From Reception, pupils begin to use programmable toys such as Bee Bots. As early as Year 2, pupils are beginning to use basic code in programmes such as Scratch. By the end of the primary phase, Year 6 pupils use MITs App Inventor to create their own applications from the beginning of the process to the end.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Year 5, for example, teach children to touch type through on-line courses.
Teachers are supported in their teaching of the computing curriculum with units from the Rising Stars scheme of work 'Switched on Computing' which encompasses the programmes of study set out in the national curriculum. The scheme sets out a different unit of work for each half term and pupils spend at least an hour a week developing their skills. With Ipads pupils also use ICT to support other areas of the curriculum when not in the ICT suite.
All pupils at Wigton Moor have access to DB primary and through the site they have access to Espresso. DB primary is a school learning platform. Much like facebook, pupils create an online profile and can communicate with their peers. Teachers can create groups and learning pages, pupils can e-mail, respond to forums and blog. Unlike facebook the users are limited to communication within Wigton Moor only. The platform allows pupils to experience all the features of the on-line world within safe parameters. DB primary also has many learning resources as well as a link to Espresso. Espresso is a fantastic learning tool run by Discovery Education. It is an library of digital resources that meet many aspect of the national curriculum.
The school continues to invest in high quality, up to date ICT resources throughout school. All classrooms are fitted with interactive touch screen TVs, we have 32 PCs in the IT suite and 64 Ipads shared across school. Pupils come to Wigton Moor already tablet and touch screen literate but often lack the skills required to use a desktop PC. Starting with early mouse control and key board skills, through a basic skills teaching unit in Year 1, right through to programming and developing their own app, pupils receive a great computing education here.
In Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to become digital leaders. These are our computing experts and have a wide range of responsibilities across school including: supporting younger children, taking charge of social media forums and blogs, creating content for the website and leading on E-Safety issues.
Pupils at Wigton Moor are acutely aware of the dangers presented by the on-line world and are regularly taught how to keep themselves safe. We do not have a 'locked down' system in school instead we manage resources carefully in order for children to learn when incidents do occur.
To find out more about e-safety please visit the RU Net Safe page of this website.