We believe that the use of technology enriches children’s learning experiences, both as a tool and as a source for research and information.
Our innovative IT classroom is designed to encourage every girl to become a confident, autonomous user of a wide range of technological resources and to gain an understanding of the role that technology plays in 21st-century life. In the face of continually changing hardware and software today’s pupils require transferable, flexible skills that they can apply to numerous situations. Discussion, sharing of experiences and collaborative work are important elements of extended projects.
From Reception onwards every pupil has a weekly lesson in the IT room with the subject specialist. The girls use applications creatively, including Web 2.0 tools, to produce presentations, desktop publishing documents, videos, photography, audio recordings and animations along with acquiring skills to help support work in other curriculum subjects.
The pupils are also taught about the history of computing and to understand our digital heritage, i.e. key developments and influential inventors.
Simple programming is introduced in Reception where programmable toys are used to develop control skills. As the girls progress through the school these skills are extended, leading to the ability to program simple computer games, building their understanding of computational thinking and problem solving.
Sensible and monitored use of the internet in school encourages discussion about its benefits and drawbacks, and this in turn feeds into project work. An emphasis is placed on the understanding of responsible and safe use of online tools in order to help pupils become responsible digital citizens.