At Palm Bay we want our children to be confident at using technology in a variety of ways and to have a secure understanding of the basics of computer science. Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology. The core of Computing in the curriculum shows the children how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through simple programming; progressing to designing games, making audio visual resources of their own and much, much more.
Our school follows the ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme of work. The vast majority of the software is available to download at home free of charge: a simple search engine search should point you in the right direction. Visit the Switched on Computing website to find out more about how we cover the National Curriculum through projects and the software we use.
At Palm Bay we have a dedicated Computing Learning Suite with an interactive whiteboard and projector alongside 30 networked desktop computers with internet access. Each class has a dedicated one-hour session within the Computing Learning Suite each week. It can also be accessed by any class to support the wider curriculum.
E-safety (helping children understand how to stay safe online and when using different technology) is at the core of everything we do in Computing lessons, supported by whole school assemblies where appropriate.
For more information on E-safety please visit the following sites
- Think-U-Know: advice from the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre
- CEOP: useful information on E-safety issues
- ChildNet: information about keeping children safe online
For more information, please contact Steven Potter, our Computing Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org