Computing at St Silas Primary School
Computing is an exciting and important part of the curriculum and modern life, which we work hard as a school to embed into every other aspect of the curriculum. We believe it is absolutely pivotal that children leave us with excellent digital literacy which can be used for the rest of their lives. The children work with Julian, our school’s Apple Distinguished Educator, and their class teachers, to become fluent in using iPads and laptop computers.
E-Safety is very important to us and the children learn from the early years how to be safe on the internet. It’s very important that children don’t share their passwords or use the same one for everything. They should not talk to strangers on the internet and they should never meet up with anyone they don’t know. Children at St Silas sign a contract at the start of each school year to state that they will follow our computing and e-safety rules, and always use the internet and technology in the safest possible way.
Children learn to code from the early years and this skill is built on year by year. Children learn to programme various programmes and robots and in Upper Key Stage Two they have the opportunity to blog and create their own websites.
We use a variety of apps in St Silas, including Seesaw, Explain Everything, Shadow Puppets and Keynote to present our work in various ways. We also use apps such as Yakit Kids, Typorama, Duolingo and Sphero to boost our work in various other areas of the curriculum such as maths and modern foreign languages. The children are taught to use word processing programmes and how to make spreadsheets and Powerpoints using our Google Chromebooks.
In Year 6 children have the opportunity to become Digital Leaders; these are an important part of our school. The Digital Leaders are responsible for leading teachers and children in using the latest apps and technology effectively, and they take great pride and responsibility in often going into lessons to help younger children access technology in the best way. They also take care of all our resources and install new apps.
Children have the opportunity to join computing club on a Tuesday where they can hone their coding, programming and word processing skills. The club is led by the Digital Leaders and is steeped in learning whilst having fun.