At St James' Junior we aim to provide broad and balanced computing opportunities, which are embedded with the creative themes and topics of each year groups curriculum.
In order to raise the Computing capability of children as they progress through KS2, our curriculum is skills based and focuses on children's understandings: Why use this tool or program? Who is the audience for this piece of work?
In each year group, pupils learn a variety of skills from three main strands:
*Computer Science – Developing programs and algorithms.
*Digital Literacy – Communication and E-Safety.
*Information Technology – Retrieving data and organizing information.
As well as learning new concepts and skills, children are aware of how to keep safe online, what is and what isn’t acceptable electronic behaviour and who they should tell if anything or someone upsets them while on the internet.
Over the last few years there has been significant investment in hardware and staff development, this combined with enthusiastic and skilled staff is ensuring that children leave St James’ e-confident with a large skills base and a high level of understanding.
Here are a few comments from children currently attending the Juniors said about Computing;
“I like Computing because you get to do different things, using different websites boosts my knowledge and Computing is very enjoyable! Laptops and netbooks are most interesting because you get to create different things using publisher and office. “
Juwairiyah – Year 5
“I think Smart is amazing because I like to explore everything on it whilst learning new things.”
Aidyn – Year 6
“I like using different tools in Microsoft Office such as; copying and pasting, editing and inserting images.”
Mhahrukh – Year 6
St James’ Junior School’s brilliant idea wins £11,500 grant to help their pupils SHINE
St James’ Junior School, Derby has won a grant of £11,500 to help pupils develop their communication skills as part of the ‘Let Teachers SHINE’ competition. The national competition, run by SHINE, the education charity (Support and Help in Education), is supported by Capita SIMS, TES, Bloomberg and Teachers Assurance, and designed to uncover the best ideas to raise the achievement of children in England.
The Schol earned their winning place by submitting their brilliant idea to raise achievement.
Vicky Brown, Deputy Headteacher from St James’ Juniors said, “We will use the grant to set up a radio station in school to enable all of our children to perform their work to a wider audience. We will then be able to broadcast within school and hopefully on the internet in the future. We hope to improve children’s use of Standard English and give them an exciting and motivating forum for their work.”