Ensuring pupils have the digital skills to remain safe online and prosper in the virtual realm of their lives is an essential part of preparing them for the future. We use devices safely and with intent from Lower Prep through to Form VI. Lessons adapt to the needs and ability of the children as they mature.
From Form II, pupils are taught digital skills from a specialist teacher, but they begin using the ICT room from Form I, logging in and accessing educational software. Pupils also use technology regularly in the classroom to complement their learning, including programmes accessed on School iPads and floor robots that introduce coding. ICT and Computer Science skills are taught together with focussed Online Safety lessons each half term.
In Middle Prep, technology is used in most subjects when it enhances the lesson, with iPads and PCs in regular use. ICT skills are taught throughout the curriculum with timetabled lessons in the ICT suite for humanities and English. Pupils have a Computer Science lesson each week that covers coding skills, online safety and computing systems and networks. Coding includes block coding using a number of different platforms. We also use Google Classroom for remote and in-school learning.
In Upper Prep, technology continues to be used in most subjects when it enhances the lesson with specialist teachers booking the ICT suite on a regular basis. Each class has a set of iPads used throughout the day. ICT skills are taught throughout the curriculum with timetabled lessons in the ICT room for humanities and English. Lessons cover many digital skills including research, publishing, building websites and using apps and websites safely and productively. A weekly Computer Science lesson covers coding, online safety and computing system networks. Pupils are introduced to text-based coding in Upper Prep as well as extending their use of block coding. Google Classroom continues to be used for remote and in-school learning.