At Waverley Junior Academy we want pupils to be MASTERS of technology. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in pupils' lives, therefore, we want to model and educate our children on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad and balanced curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this.
In Foundations@Waverley (F@W) our children are introduced to technology through continuous provision and small group tasks. They play with and discuss the purpose of different items such as telephones, cameras, stereos and tills through role play and creative activities. They use laptops to research and answer questions, the interactive whiteboard to play online games and additional resources such as ‘Beebots’ to develop their communication, team work and problem solving skills.
In Key Stages 1 and 2 computing is taught in blocks throughout the year. The key knowledge, skills and vocabulary included and introduced in each unit builds progressively across year group and allows children to build on prior learning. All aspects of the National Curriculum are covered and the children have access to a wide variety of programmes and apps. They learn how to share information, log data, create spreadsheets, write algorithms, make animations, edit photographs and much more.
Where possible, cross curricular lessons are planned. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science and Design and Technology and pupils are supported to make links between these subjects. Computers are also use in other areas such as publishing in English lessons and researching in History or Geography.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We constantly ask the WHY behind their learning and not just the HOW. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. During Computing lessons, teachers emphasise the importance of respecting the academy rules and using the equipment carefully and online platforms safely.
The impact of our Computing curriculum is that children will make outstanding progress over time, relative to their individual starting points and their progression of skills. Children will leave Waverley Junior Academy prepared for the next stage of their education and able to navigate a world in which technology is everywhere.
Through well-planned lessons, visits and interactions with experts, our Computing curriculum will empower our children so they understand they have the capability to change the world. This is evidenced in a range of way including pupil voice, work produced and links with the community.
Computing @ Waverley
Safer Internet Day
Each year in February we take part in Safer Internet Day. This day is used to promote a safer and more responsible use of online technology by our pupils. The children enjoy a number of activities and discussions that support them to understand how and why to stay safe online.