Computing is no longer a standalone subject, but just one element of it. There are 3 elements that Whitehall Park focuses on:
- Computer Science
- Computational Thinking
Computer science is where we look at coding and how computers work. Using programmes and websites such as LGFL, Discovery Espresso Coding, Scratch and Scratch Junior to enable children to learn and use coding skills. Through these resources children can design and create their own apps letting their imagination run wild!
This is where the logic of computing is utilised. Children learn how to create an algorithm, decompose a programme, debug it and think logically. However, these different types of thinking are not only to be used exclusively in Computing lessons, but are considered and used in all lessons. A good is example is with an algorithm. An Algorithm is basically a set of instructions and so in any subject an algorithm is used to convey instructions for a task or children will use algorithms in their learning. By using the Computational Thinking language the children are relating the concepts from computer science in to all aspects of their learning, whilst also using new strategies to think in different ways to solve problems.
ICT is the use of technology in the classroom. This can be anything from using iPads, the Smart Board and laptops. Opportunities to use ICT is available here at Whitehall Park to use in all subjects. Laptops and iPads are used to conduct research, write books, create stories or for children to further their learning with fantastic educational apps. Sound buttons and Sound clouds are used help children who may have issues remembering sentences for literacy. We have a Green Screen for creating augmented reality scenarios and to further enrich story creation. Children make films and take pictures of their learning using cameras and iPads. It’s fantastic to see children becoming teachers when using the smart board to demonstrate their ideas.
Here at Whitehall Park we take Online Safety extremely seriously. From fully managed internet access with strict web filtering to making online safety a natural part of any lesson involving the use of the internet we take as many steps as possible to ensure that children are kept safe.
We also know that there are many different ways that children can access the internet and so we prepare the children for the dangers that may be out there and provide them with strategies for dealing with unwanted communications and being aware of how other people may interact with them. Please take a look at the links below for more information on keeping our children safe online.
Keeping Under Fives Safe Online
Internet Safety for Kids
Advice for Parents
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact your child’s class teacher or our ICT lead Mr Perry.