The Junior School is committed to integrating the exciting world of digital learning into our classrooms.
Our children are growing up in a digital world and developing a sophisticated understanding and set of skills to enable them to navigate their way through it. Access to unlimited information, videos and music means that they are learning about the world in a very different way to previous generations. Tablet technology, access to the internet and mobile phones are the norm yet the technology our children will be using when they are in the workplace is yet to be invented; a brave new world indeed. Digital Learning is therefore an integral aspect of our Connected Curriculum.
Our Computing curriculum equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding our pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Interactive Whiteboards and iPads in every classroom enable pupils to access learning materials that develop skills and knowledge across very subject. Through their use we aim to:
• support collaborative learning
• facilitate communication between pupils and teachers including homework setting, collecting personalised feedback and rapid assessment of understanding in lessons
• promote creativity and new approaches to pedagogy
• provide personalised learning experiences for pupils and to assist teachers in addressing the needs of individual pupils more easily and thereby aiding differentiation
• enhance and augment teaching and learning in ways that were previously not possible or not easy to do
• promote engagement and motivation both in lessons and outside the classroom.
Our teachers are well qualified and trained to use the technology; all achieving Interactive Whiteboard accreditation and having benefited from iPad training led by Apple Educators.
At the heart of our Digital Learning programme is E-Safety. Our children learn how to stay safe on the internet and the School is proud to have the national 360 Degree E-safety accreditation: http://www.360safe.org.uk/Accreditation/E-Safety-Award.
The Digital Learning programme is overseen by our Digital Learning Leader who works closely with their Senior School equivalent to ensure a whole school approach.