Alleyn’s Junior School aims to equip children with the computing skills needed to access and adapt to the fast changing technologies of the modern world.

The school has an IT room, equipped with laptops designed to encourage independent, collaborative and flexible learning. The children have access to a bank of iPads and digital cameras in both their computing lessons and in the wider curriculum. From September 2021 all children in Years 5 and 6 will be provided with their own iPad to support and enhance their learning in school.

Computer Science is an exciting part of the computing curriculum at Alleyn’s Junior School. We have chosen Scratch as our main programming language as it allows our children to create many projects ranging from simple animations to educational games.

Digital literacy lessons allow children to learn and develop skills in publishing, word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. E-safety is a key element of the children’s education and important messages are introduced in age appropriate ways. We celebrate Safer Internet Day annually.

The curriculum we offer is stimulating, relevant, and challenging while allowing a progression of skills from Reception through to Year 6. Below are some examples of our Computing curriculum:

  • Our Reception children develop their mouse control using strategies including creating pictures, making music, navigating a web page and playing number and language games. They use an iPad to take photographs, use digital microscopes to explore the world around them and begin coding by programming Bee Bots.
  • In Years 1 and 2 our children learn to use design software to create art in an impressionist style. They design and write their own e-book, create short animations and presentations. The children also learn how to create a simple spreadsheet. They begin to write algorithms to program simple games.
  • Children in Years 3 to 6 learn to communicate using email, programme games using Scratch, shoot and edit videos, produce digital music, and create their own blogs. They develop their skills in spreadsheets and graphs and also create animations and presentations.