The children are given opportunities to use technology to enhance learning in all areas. They are used for word processing, storing and retrieving information, for classifying and handling data and graphics as well as programming and keeping up with technology in the modern world. Pupils have access to a Shared Area – housing 15 desktop computers – which is used across the school each week. Apple iPads supplement these and there is also a laptop trolley for 10 laptops plus a desktop computers in each classroom. Children are also taught how to use other electronic devices. IT capability is developed through all areas of the curriculum, and used in meaningful contexts to promote and further their learning. The curriculum provides a wide range of opportunities to engage pupils in the world of technology and new, upcoming programming tools. For example, a large part of our curriculum is coding, taught through Discovery Espresso Coding and Scratch. We also build in ‘e-safety’ each academic year, using quality, up-to-date resources from ‘Thinuknow.co.uk’ and the NSPC. In addition, many pupils with SEND across the school use computing skills and devices to access the curriculum (e.g. via word processing or photography) as well as to follow recovery programmes such as Nessy.
During the nationwide school closures seen during the pandemic, pupils accessed learning via Microsoft Teams, whilst teachers also used online resources (such as Fiction Express, Times Tables Rockstars and BBC Bitesize) which we continue to weave into teaching, whether it be for pupils self-isolating or for homework.
If you are a parent looking for support around computing or internet safety, please speak to a member of staff. We also recommend this fantastic site for understanding how different apps / platforms work:
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