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Computing at Inglehurst Junior School
At Inglehurst, we know that Computing is the future! Computing and information technology is all around us, in our pupils’ homes, in their future work places, and even in their pockets and on their wrists! That means computing is threaded into all our teaching at learning at IJS, in addition to the more targeted and specific tuition pupils get in their computing lessons. All pupils have access to iPads in lessons and there are ample amounts of quality laptops available, that are primarily used for the teaching of computing. We do our best to make sure we equip pupils with the computing skills they need for a bright future, if you don’t believe us then just hear what the pupils themselves have to say:

"I love computing lessons because they are so much fun!"

Year 5 student

"Computing helps me a lot because I know I will need excellent computing skills for my future"

Year 6 student

"I love being able to use the laptops and the iPads because I don't get to use them at home"

Year 4 student


Becoming Computer Scientists at IJS

Computing happens once a week for 1 hour across the year groups. Each week, pupils learn about one or more of the three strands of Computing; computer science, information technology and digital literacy:

  • Computer Science is the ‘foundation’ of the subject (i.e. the underlying principles that make up the subject).

    • Hardware, networks and data representation, computational thinking, and programming

  • Information Technology is how you apply this knowledge and understanding to purposefully create and make things.

    • Using software, using email and the internet, using data, and the wider use of technology.

  • Digital literacy Digital Literacy is about considering the implications of how pupils are going about doing this.

    • Online safety, digital citizenship, cyberbullying.

E-Safety
E-Safety is an integral part of children's education in today's digital world and it is embedded in their learning in each computing lesson. Technology and the way in which our children engage with the internet is changing rapidly and we need to equip our young people for the changing demands that new technology brings. E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Inglehurst Junior School. We teach our children how to use the internet safely and responsibly.


At Inglehurst we teach the SMART principles as part of our Computing curriculum:

 

  • S – SMART

    • Keep your personal information safe. When chatting or posting online don’t give away things like your full name, password or home address. Remember personal information can be seen in images and videos you share too. Keep them safe to keep yourself safe.

  • M – Meet

    • Meeting up with someone you only know online, even a friend of a friend, can be dangerous as this person is still a stranger. If someone you only know online ever asks you to meet up, for personal information or for photos/videos of you then tell an adult straight away and report them together on www.thinkuknow.co.uk

  • A – Accepting

    • Think carefully before you click on or open something online (e.g. links, adverts, friend requests, photos) as you never know where they may lead to or they may contain viruses. Do not accept something if you are unsure of who the person is or what they’ve sent you.

  • R – Reliable

    • You cannot trust everything you see online as some things can be out of date, inaccurate or not entirely true. To fi nd reliable information compare at least three different websites, check in books and talk to someone about what you have found.

  • T – Tell

    • Tell a trusted adult if something or someone ever makes you feel upset, worried or confused. This could be if you or someone you know is being bullied online. There are lots of people who will be able to help you like your teachers, parents, carers or contact Childline – 0800 11 11 or www.childline.org.uk


Internet Safety Events
Throughout the year we have lots of exciting events linked to internet safety. For example, we take part Internet Safety Day each year in February. Pupils take part in videos making, lessons, and discussions around internet safety. There are also competitions for online safety posters with really exciting tech-based prizes. 

If you’d like more information about what computing looks like at Inglehurst, please see the documents that are available below.

Cross-Curricular
Furthermore, we aim to develop children’s perception of technology as a tool for learning, innovation and discovery. Our curriculum aims to embed technology throughout all subjects and allow every pupil hands-on experience of a variety of hardware and software. Children have the opportunity to use technology to enhance their learning in all subjects as well as learn Computer Science discreetly. Ultimately, children should leave Inglehurst Junior School as confident, able and responsible Digital Citizens.

 

Computing Gallery

Additional Documents