In the Junior School, the use of technology to support learning is embedded across the curriculum. Our specialist IT (Integrated Technology) teachers ensure that the children are increasing their skills, confidence and experience of using IT as they progress through the school.
Specialist teachers also broaden the curriculum by delivering a bespoke range of projects that lead on from each year group's termly topics. This ranges from coding/programming, computer aided manufacturing with 3D printers, image editing in differentiated applications from Pixlr to Photoshop and film production ranging from static studio work, stopmotion animation and play-scripted narratives through Shakespeare's plays.
All children in the school join our Firefly Virtual Learning Environment and regularly use this to access information. The children also maintain their own personal pages and are given opportunities to post responses and comments on this safe, internal platform.
Each year group area has access to a range of technology, including multi-touch interactive whiteboards in each classroom; shared pods of desktop computers (Windows and Mac OS); cameras and sound recorders.
In Years 3 and 4, children share an iPad to complement the provision of one desktop PC per four children. In Years 5 and 6, children are required to have their own iPad, which they use at home and at school. This is an important step, giving children the added responsibility of looking after a personal device while learning how to use it responsibly in the safe, familiar and structured environments of school and the home.