With our ever-changing world, it is vital that the children from St Edmund’s are ready for the 21st Century.
At St Edmund's, we use programming software which is available online, such as Scratch or Kodu. We also have a range of resources to enable the children to engage in projects individually, with partners or in small groups. All classrooms have access to the Internet, ensuring staff and pupils can download/upgrade their work with speed and accuracy. Children are taught about the uses of the Internet and most importantly, how to be safe. We include regular teaching of online safety during each unit of work in computing and through our RSE curriculum as well as on 'Safer Internet Day' each year. This ensures that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable.
There are three main strands of the Computing curriculum: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
- Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology.
- Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
- Computer science will introduce children of all ages to understanding how computers and networks work. It will also give all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple floor robots in Years 1 and 2, right up to designing and inventing a product by Year 6.
Using EducationCity on mobile devices
We have received a number of queries with regards to the use of EducationCity on mobile devices. We’re pleased to say that you can access all of the resources and tools on tablets and mobile devices via Puffin Academy, an app that is free to download via the iTunes and Android stores.