The Computing Curriculum
At St. Christopher's we have a variety of fantastic tools to access the computing curriculum. Our children use Google Chromebooks and iPads to access a wide selection of educational apps. Our teachers apply ICT across the topics taught in school and identify opportunities where technology can enhance learning. Coding and programming are taught in line with the expectations of the new national curriculum through Code Studio which allows children to code and program at their own pace and enables us to identify good progress. We have been impressed with how quickly our children have learnt new skills in this area!
Recently, years 3,4, 5 and 6 all attended workshops on using Google Classroom. With the Chromebooks attached to the school network children can create and save their work in a personal area online, work collaboratively and respond to tasks set by the teacher. Year 1, 2 and EYFS will be shown how to use an attachment to the iPad called OSMO to create tangrams, follow instructions and create drawings.
The iPads we use in school have also been set up so that the range of apps available are all linked to specific areas of learning or topics that will be taught throughout the year.
We have also just invested in VR headsets which allow our children to access virtual reality apps and AR (augmented reality) resources which bring learning literally off the page! We are one of the first schools in the North West to utilise this cutting edge technology... photographs to follow soon of our children enjoying computing!