Computing, E-Safety and Technology
In order to give our children the best opportunities in their education, our school is well-resourced. This supports children in meeting the demands of education today, where thinking skills, which involve creative and critical approaches to problem-solving and decision-making have a high priority. Therefore, we have an extensive range of technology which sits alongside more traditional resources. These resources help children to break out from the confines of the classroom and to connect with people locally, nationally and globally to discuss real world issues and develop their understanding of different viewpoints from people who live in very different circumstances from their own. This is real learning with teachers helping children to prepare for a real world environment.
Technology makes learning visible where interactive simulations and illustrations can produce a much greater depth of understanding for our children. They develop their ability to research, innovate, present and create, whilst developing an awareness of responsibility for acceptable use and keeping themselves safe. It encourages collective collaboration and allows us at an early age to develop children’s skills with these tools so that they are well placed for the next stage of their education and beyond.
Keeping children safe drives our approach to the use of technology at Westfields. Technology is used as a learning tool across the curriculum. Children are taught safe practices and how to make good decisions about the responsible use of technology.
Parental use photography and filming at events
In order to safeguard our children we ask that any digital images that are taken at school events remain private and are not uploaded to social media or internet or otherwise shared if they include images of any child other than your own child/children. Filming or taking of images may be restricted to certain times and locations.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Safer Internet Day 2018 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February
This year, we celebrated Safer Internet Day with all sorts of exciting activities. Mr Chaplin, our Computing Coordinator, led an exciting interactive assembly and introduced this year’s theme of ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect’. The classes subsequently spent some of their curriculum time completing a range of linked activities. These ranged from recording an internet safety rap and breaking an emoji code, to creating posters and discussing online etiquette to stay safe. The whole school also learnt a Primary Educational Music song ‘Stay Safe on the Internet’ in honour of our safer internet celebrations.
Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February.
This year, the main focus of their campaign is #giveasmile. This encouraged the children to re-evaluate how they look at digital images online. Throughout the day, we all took part in various activities (mostly based around emojis!) and thought of how we could unite for a better and happier internet.
Here are some of the pictures that were taken in our photo booth!
Safer Internet Day 2016 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
Following a host of different learning approaches, through assemblies, displays, discussions, vodcasts and raps, children at Westfields Junior School produced the most amazing outcomes. Throughout the day these were shared on Twitter, below are some highlights.
At the end of the day our Digital Leaders took to the playground to hand out leaflets, to parents and older siblings, on ‘how to stay safe of social media’.
Class 6C Safer Internet Day video
Years 5 and 6 Safer Internet Day radio show
Digital Genius – Inspiration from Nature Project
Over recent months our Digital Leaders have been working on a project to create their own invention inspired by nature. The project began with an innovative and fun workshop at The Living Planet Centre in Woking, where the children explored how nature’s smart designs have inspired a range of clever inventions. As part of the workshop the children worked in small groups to brain storm ideas, whilst considering what problem their invention would solve and which elements of nature inspired their design. The children then created a prototype of their invention and presented their ideas to the whole group. Upon their return to school the children have continued to enhance their original ideas and have created presentations, using technology, to explain their invention. As part of this, the children have had the opportunity to work with an expert in this field who has shared with them creative and innovative ways to deliver their presentations using Keynote, Pages and Clips. The project will culminate with the children attending the Annual Education Summit in June, where they will take to the stage and present to over 300 people at The Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at Sussex University. The Annual Education Summit is the culmination of a full year of creativity, discovery and leadership in digital learning. It is a platform designed to allow student voices to be heard that showcases the most progressive approaches to teaching and learning. Our children have been passionate about this project and worked tirelessly to produce their presentations; please take a look at some of the work that has been created so far.
Photographs from WWF Workshop
The Plastic Killer Presentation
As parents we know that you are eager to support your child with their learning as much as you can. Hopefully, some of these apps will help you continue to support your children at home within an engaging and enjoyable context.
Apps for Good is an exciting programme, developed to inspire and motivate students in computing. The children work in teams through a series of tasks designed to create imaginative mobile apps that will solve problems and make a difference to real life issues that directly affect themselves, their peers and their community. Our children collaborate to agree on the issues and the problems they wish to solve and work together to come up with a solution. Working with real experts (designers, developers and entrepreneurs) they use the technology for a real purpose, whilst showing them, in a practical way, the importance of the learning skills we promote – teamwork, communication, creative thinking and perseverance.
Having been the first junior school to lead the way in the apps for good programme we are pleased to continue our partnership with this real-life experience for our children.
Apps for Good 2019 – Update
Over recent weeks our Year 5s have been working in small groups to design an App which addresses an issue they care about. The children have been exploring the App development process, going from initial idea to creating a prototype of their App using Balsamiq Mockups, bringing their idea to life.
As part of the process the children have carried out research to come up with an innovative and well considered solution which addresses the issue their App is aiming to solve, considering their target user and preparing and recording a pitch (in one minute) to sell their idea to the judges.
The entries have now been submitted (no pressure but we did win last year!) and finalists will be announced on Monday 3rd June 2019. Please take a look at a selection of their Balsamiq Mockups and pitches.
Westfields Junior School Apps for Good Winners 2018
Westfield Junior School Apps for Good Winners 2017
S’Cool radio is an integral part of our approach to developing childrens speaking and listening skills.
Family and friends anywhere in the world can tune into class radio shows, interviews and other podcasts.
Meet our Radio Leaders
Purple Mash - Interview with Nigel Canin
Purple Mash - with author Jonny Zucker
Interview with author Andy Briggs
Visitors from Norway
Class Radio Shows 2018/19 (We would love to hear what you think, please comment below)
5DC Radio Show
4LB Radio Show
Class Radio Shows 2017/18 (We would love to hear what you think, please comment below)
6LL Radio Show
4EC Radio Show
5NS Radio Show
3CC Radio Show
5DC Radio Show
6LB Radio Show
5RM Radio Show
Class Radio Shows 2016/17 (We would love to hear what you think, please comment below)
6M Radio Broadcast
5S Radio Broadcast
3C Radio Show
4R Radio Show
5P Radio Show
3P Radio Show
3G Radio Broadcast
4C Radio Broadcast
5C Radio Show
6B Radio Show
6C Radio Show
We would love to hear what you think, please comment below on your child’s radio show.