Digital technology is an integral part of our everyday lives. It is also an exciting aspect of education at St John’s Priory School, highly interactive and very motivating. It engages all learners, challenging children’s thinking and taking their learning further.
Children from Year 1 to Year 6 have time-tabled computing lessons which take place in the computing suite. There are also opportunities for children to use the computing facilities to support their learning across the curriculum.
Each week, pupils in years 4 – 6 have touch typing lessons to help improve their speed and confidence with typing and using a keyboard. We use a program called Nessy Fingers, which teaches the children which fingers are used for which keys and a series of levelled games, allowing them to practise their skills and win trophies. Nessy Fingers is a fun way to learn a new skill and children are presented with a certificate when they complete the course.
Online safety is very important to us and we spend time every year learning about how to conduct ourselves online and be safe. On line safety is prioritised for all our pupils with highly effective web filtering and Internet security in place across the school; as well as children having supervised Internet access and awareness of staying safe on-line through the computing curriculum and PSHE lessons.