“WE CAN ONLY SEE A SHORT DISTANCE AHEAD, BUT WE CAN SEE PLENTY THERE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE”
In Fiveways, pupils are introduced to iPads as a tool for collaborative and imaginative learning. They learn touch typing and other keyboard skills. Pupils are introduced to basic programming, how to use digital cameras and remote control vehicles.
In the Junior School pupils enjoy dedicated computing lessons and computing is integrated into all other subjects. Pupils learn specific knowledge and skills and generic transferable skills, allowing them to become productive and responsible digital users and creators. A specially designed IT Centre, a portable suite of Google Chromebooks and additional desktop PCs throughout learning areas ensure pupils have access whenever required. All of our provision is monitored and maintained by dedicated technical support, and annual investment makes sure that pupils’ experience of digital technologies is up-to-date and relevant to their progress.
The curriculum is fully comprehensive and sufficiently challenging to meet the technical capabilities and needs of today’s digital generation. It covers all relevant aspects of digital use and application (including digital communication and safety), digital presentation (including “Office” applications and website authoring), control and programming, data, and information. A range of hardware and software is used to support this curriculum, including both local software and cloud applications.
We place emphasis on development and programming, with all aspects of computing integrated into individual projects wherever possible. Using game design as a driver, pupils experience projects relevant not only to their own experience, but also to that of real-world development. Real “digital workflow”, digital communication and collaborative technologies are fully integrated into our teaching ensuring a digital literacy which will equip our pupils for life.
Children leave Year 6 ready to begin working towards formal IT qualifications in the Senior School.