Computing, E-Safety and Technology
Children today grow up in a world surrounded by technology, from the toys they play with to the devices they use for learning. Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this ‘digital world’. Our computing curriculum has been developed to equip pupils with the foundation skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the programme of study for Computing, they learn how computers and computer systems work, design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
To enable us to achieve these aims, we have ensured we have the technology and resources that the children need. Each year group has access to their own set of iPads and on each set, relevant Apps are available for use not just in Computing lessons but also across the curriculum. In addition to this, we have 30 laptops for use within class and found in learning spaces around the school are portable interactive C-Touch devices.
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 2019 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the slogan of ‘Together for a better internet’.
This theme had been chosen by the Insafe network which is made up of Safer Internet Centres based in every European country. The theme encouraged young people to work together to be positive, safe and respectful online.
In the UK the campaign particularly empowered young people to take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context. It explored how young people ask, give and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos of how they manage their privacy and data.
Our assembly was led by the Digital Leaders in Year 6.
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.
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. 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 Winners 2019
We are proud to announce that a team from Year 5 have been awarded the Digital Explorers Title for 2019 with their app idea “Worry No More”, which sensitively supports children with parents who are suffering with cancer.
The children spent a wonderful day in London at the Apps for Good National Awards event, visiting the Lego offices, completing some problem solving tasks, followed by pitching their amazing well being app to a panel of 7 ‘Dragons Den’ judges and over two hundred business men and women! After convincing the dragons of their innovation and responding so professionally to the dragons’ questions, they were award the title for the best app idea from students aged 9-2 years, the Digital Explores Title 2019!
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.