I’m Miss Taveira and I’m the Computing Lead at Gorringe Park.
I have always found the world of computing interesting because of how much you can learn about it. Computing is not only about using computers, iPads and phones; there is a whole other side to it! For example, did you know that an algorithm is a set of instructions that a computer follows? I remember the first time my primary school opened up their computing studio and how much fun I had learning how to navigate a computer. We already live in such a technological world and it is important that we understand how to use technology in the safest and most creative ways. Our children are already learning how to debug programs and use coding to create algorithms. I am very impressed by the way our children explore these problem-solving skills in a creative way.
I would like to introduce our Computing Ambassadors who have been chosen for their fantastic computational skills:
- Abdul Hakeem - “I like Computing because you use technology to learn. Computing helps you learn about different things around the world. For example, I use technology all the time to help me with my Times Table Rockstars!”
- Adam - “I enjoy coding a lot because it gives you a lot of freedom to explore. I also like Computing because of how challenging it is, every time I have figures something out I feel really proud of myself. I enjoy how creative I can be with Computing because I can express myself in any way.”
The teaching of Computing at Gorringe Park
The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
At Gorringe we have already started to work with Wandsworth City Learning Centre and other partners including Apple to up-skill our staff and deliver this exciting curriculum.
Children will learn animation, use programmable toys from nursery onwards and take part in lessons which involve the development of logical reasoning. The safe use of the internet is a priority in our school with children being taught about the benefits and possible dangers of the internet use. We have also had several successful sessions for parents on internet safety.
We have increased the number of hand held devices in the school this year and continue to increase the children’s access to technology.
About our Network
- We have an educational filtered secure broadband connectivity through the LGfL
- We use the LGfL filtering system which blocks sites that fall into categories such as pornography, race hatred, gaming, sites of an illegal nature, etc. All changes to the filtering policy is logged and only available to staff with the approved ‘web filtering management’ status
- We carry out monitoring of internet use (in addition to filtering) and this is done by the headteacher through the LGFL reporting system.
- Uses USO user-level filtering where relevant, thereby closing down or opening up options appropriate to the age / stage of the students
- Ensures network health through use of Sophos anti-virus software (from LGfL) etc and network set-up so staff and pupils cannot download executable files