At The Carlton Junior Academy we equip our pupils with the skills, knowledge and understanding of computing that they will need for the rest of their lives so that they are able to participate effectively in this digital world. Through the Programme of Study for Computing, they learn how computers and computer systems work, they design, build and debug programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. A variety of software is used so that the pupils can accomplish given goals. When using the Internet the pupils learn how to use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and to be discerning in evaluating digital content. Opportunities are given so that pupils understand computer networks, including the internet, learning how networks can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities networks offer for communication and collaboration.
The pupils learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. They are given the opportunities to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour on the internet, identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content or contact. Each year in February we take part in Safer Internet Day and the children present what they have learnt in assembly at the end of the day.
Computing is taught as a discrete subject so that the pupils achieve high level skills in using ICT, which they can then apply across the curriculum. Work is carried out in classrooms on mobile devices so that opportunities for learning are more flexible and immediate.