Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

Computing

Information technology is an integral part of our everyday lives; it is an exciting aspect of education at Holy Cross, highly interactive and very motivating. It engages all learners irrespective of ability - challenging thinking and taking learning further.

The school is very well resourced for computing lessons and classroom based IT learning. A secure computer network allows shared learning resources across the school with fast wireless connectivity. Junior pupils have their own log-on and are provided with an internal email account; all pupils have digital folders to store electronic work. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and projector, desk top computers and a teacher’s iPad - all of these with access to a wide variety of cross-curricular, age appropriate software. A bank of 22 iPads and mini-notebooks can be secured for classroom activities along with digital cameras and science monitoring equipment. Girls enjoy a dedicated computing lesson each week with a specialist ICT teacher in the ICT suite, allowing girls to work individually on a desk top computer, with audio and recording facilities. Our Year 6 girls are issued with their own iPad to enrich their learning and these function alongside the usual as text and exercise books at home and in school; there is a contract to sign which promotes safe digital learning and good practice.

  

A high-quality computing education equips our girls to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, art, 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, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that all our girls become digitally literate – able to use, 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. Computing and class IT topics cover coding, desk top publishing, graphics, data handling, modelling, control, multimedia, animation, website design and safe use of the internet. E-safety is regularly addressed as an integral part of the subject, not just through curriculum content, but within the responsibilities that our Year 6 Digital Leaders, our safety ambassadors in school, take on board. Safer Internet Day is recognised and participated in annually, parent workshops are held in school and weekly advice is disseminated through the Friday Update to the whole school community.

Technologies are always moving forward and as a school, we pride ourselves on being up to date and taking learning at Holy Cross forward into the 21st Century.