At Wolvercote we seek to use computing as an integral part of our learning, capturing the passion that many children have for electronic devices and inspiring them with new ways of applying it in 21st Century culture. As well as teaching discrete Computing lessons, we aim to embed the use of technology throughout our broad and balanced curriculum. This includes using technology to aid engagement, creativity and presentations; and using innovative tools and apps to find solutions and solve problems.
Teaching & Learning
Schemes of Work
Wolvercote works in partnership with 123ICT, using a carefully crafted Scheme of Work for Primary Schools to map our curriculum coverage and provide engaging challenges for the children to undertake as they learn. The scheme includes basic computing skills, e-safety and projects to embed skills and knowledge they have learned.
Technology and Devices
In order to make sure that the children can apply what they learn across multiple platforms and devices, Wolvercote children have access to Google Chromebooks and Apple iPads, as well as a range of carefully chosen online educational services and subscriptions.
Our school’s use of technology includes:
- Programming and debugging algorithms using Scratch to write computer games, moving programmable robots etc.
- Learning about e-safety and how it relates to being safe and responsible users of technology both in and out of school.
- Using technology to research various topics and evaluating the reliability of online sources.
- Using virtual reality and augmented reality to inspire and immerse, exploring exciting topics and ‘visiting’ places linked to our topics.
- Using technology to create pieces of artwork, photography and graphic design projects.
- Recording and presenting statistics and data in Maths and Science.
- Using apps to present information in a clear and engaging way with e-books, presentation software, augmented reality, video editing (including green screen effects), audio recording and music programming, enhancing theatre productions, etc.
Equality of opportunity
Wolvercote Primary School uses a wide range of technology to support all our learners to access the curriculum. Examples include the use of various bespoke apps designed to support dyslexic children with their reading and spelling; technology to support the learning of children with special educational needs and disabilities, and translation apps to support children with English as an additional language.
Each area of the Computing curriculum also contains a scaffolded progression to stretch and challenge learners as they progress through the school.
Each class has one or two Digital Leaders - a scheme which gives children the opportunity to support less confident learners with their use of technology as well as helping across the school with everything from PA and audio devices and lighting rigs, to advising on current e-safety issues and managing the hardware.