Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
We believe that the ability to use ICT effectively is an essential life skill in today’s modern world.
Our aim is to produce learners who are confident imaginative and effective users of ICT, from the basics of using and applying everyday software, through to coding and programming for a range of practical purposes.
ICT underpins school life and our Computing curriculum ensures that we equip our children with skills enabling them to be creative, innovative and adventurous in their application of modern technology.
We believe that all pupils have an entitlement to the Computing curriculum regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social class or special learning needs and we ensure that our provision meets the needs of all learners.
We recognise that ICT has the ability to motivate and enthuse pupils, to enable them to work creatively, co-operatively and collaboratively, and to develop perseverance and flexibility.
We aim to give children the skills they need to not only be successful in Computing lessons, but also whilst using and engaging with ICT across the wider curriculum and in their current and future lives.
We have been lucky enough to expand our range of IT hardware in the school this academic year and will continue to explore opportunities to enhance our stock over the coming months in our ongoing efforts to further enhance children’s learning through the use of ICT.
Scratch Community is a fantastic programming resource for learners of all ages. What better place to start than a site dedicated specifically for those who want to use Scratch to learn programming? Here you will find videos, lesson plans, worksheets, discussions and even real people to ask for help.
Or for a more game based approach try code.org
BBC Bitsize always has lots of useful information and resources to get to grips with Computing
The children have been very excited to start the Year 3 & 4 Minecraft Club. It is a great environment for the children to work together to build their own creations in a safe on-line environment.
We will post photos later in the term to show what they have made.
The Sunflowers have been getting to grips with the school's computing scheme 'Purple Mash.' So far, they have learnt to log in, create an avatar and save a picture they have decorated.
Ella- I can type my own password in.
Lewis- I coloured a butterfly and typed it's name as Kathleen.
Lily- I made a beautiful butterfly. I like Purple Mash games.
There are lots of games and fun activities on Purple Mash, that can help the children to further their learning across the whole curriculum. These can be explored at home.
Seedlings children have been using the tablets to explore and play phonics and maths games from our new online Purple Mash app. We also used the tablets to find out about different items that can be recycled.
Juniper class are learning about logo- a programme that uses algorithms to follow instructions. We used 2loho to Learn about the many commands which can be used in order to explore shapes, programming and algorithms.
Today we have all been learning about how to be safe on the internet and most importantly to be SMART
PCSO Marc Ireland came into school and lead an assembly about being SMART, social media and the sites that we should be very careful of using. It is really important that we take care when using the internet and it is used sensibly and responsibly.
As well as making our own characters we looked at moving characters around the screen to reach a specific location. There is a fantastic site to use to play these games. It’s called www.code.org if the children would like to play at home.