IT and Computing
The ICT room is an outstanding purpose built facility within our school. It is very well resourced, with enough computers for every child in each class as well as being stocked with Floor Roamers, Probots, Lego Mindstorms, scanners, digital cameras, digital microscopes and video cameras. Each classroom has its own interactive whiteboard, computer and printer and each subject has a wide range of software, both for teaching purposes and for pupils to use independently to consolidate their learning or extend it further.
IT and Computing is embedded throughout all areas of the curriculum. In addition all pupils receive one lesson of IT & Computing a week with the subject Coordinator. Our curriculum ensures that it equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. This is achieved by developing skills in the three following core areas: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. As their ability evolves they are able to use their skills within other subjects to reinforce and extend their education further. With optional clubs, both at lunchtime and after school, the pupils have plenty of opportunity to try out new ideas and take their skills to an even higher level. They are taught how to use technology safely and become digitally literate – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world
ICT is used as a key tool in challenging our able and talented boys. The boys enjoy using their coding and design skills when competing in the competition to find the ‘Gamemaker of the Year’ as voted by all pupils. They also use their control and programming skills to compete in a yearly ‘Mindstorm Olympics’, where they use their problem solving and programming skills to solve challenges.