Computing at James Bateman Junior High School

Welcome to the Computing web page.

Computing is an exciting subject which is used to motivate our learners as they develop new skills when using various forms of software. At James Bateman Junior High the Computing department has the responsibility of ensuring that all of the students gain the essential skills that are vital to school life and beyond.

To do this all of the pupils are taught key skills and techniques that they can adapt and use to solve problems and produce creative pieces of work suitable for a particular audience or purpose.

In our school computing lessons take place in one of the two fully equipped rooms, including 8 iPads for curriculum use.

As well as learning the skills needed to use computers effectively we also strive to make sure our pupils understand the need to stay safe when using computers. All our computers have filtered internet use and pupils are not allowed to access chat rooms.

Code writing and programming are the main focus of the weekly Computer Science lessons delivered in our school, the ability to make pupils think and use logic throughout the curriculum at KS3 level is a must and the new computing curriculum delivers that.

Pupils will learn various types of textual and visual programming languages. The computer science curriculum currently includes:

Textual Programming

Textual Programming – represents programs using text

  • Logo
  • Small Basic
  • HTML – Textual
  • Python
  • Touch Develop

Visual Programming

Visual Programming – represent programs primarily as diagrams or by using other graphical means.

  • Flowol
  • Scratch
  • Kodu

Pupils also participate in an hour of code

exploring both visual and textual coding and this includes an introduction to JavaScript.

A new addition to our computing curriculum is KS3 graphics, providing pupils with a new and creative element to computing lessons. Pupils explore the commercial use of Graphics via digital media such as Packaging design, Photo editing, Animation, Video and Sound Editing.

2016 has seen the addition of an exciting new project for Year 7 students to engage in programming BBC micro:bits. The micro:bit is a pocket sized codeable computer with motion detection, a built-in compass and Bluetooth technology.