At Thomas Gray Primary, we are making sure that the computing links are being taught through the use of Purple Mash and also linking with Knowsley CLCs. We have also planned for ‘Computing Weeks’ which link with our Lancashire topics that we follow whole school.
Computing is an extremely important part of our curriculum. We believe that competence in computing is vital for our pupil’s future lives.
Computing has a great deal to offer the pupils, both in helping the children to enter into and enjoy the curriculum, but also in allowing them to have a feeling of real achievement in mastering a program or electronic device.
As the pupils mature into adults they will also find that computing competence will play an important part in helping them acquire employment, in an ever more technologically demanding workplace.
All of our classrooms have access to interactive whiteboards with full broadband access to the internet. These facilities are extremely powerful teaching aids and allow us to run high quality programs for whole class teaching of computing and also to support all other subjects across the curriculum when appropriate. We have very good facilities including a computer suite including 20 PCs, a mobile set of ipads and 10 mini ipads in each Key Stage 2 class. In addition we provide free access at home to important ICT programs such as Timestable Rockstars’ and ‘Spelling Shed’ These are also accessible for interventions throughout the school day.