Computing and ICT
Children grow up in a rapidly developing world where technology is ever more significant in their lives. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provision at Holme Grange seeks to address this important part of the lives of pupils, through practical work and thought processes which develop their understanding. A culture is fostered where children are fluent in their ICT skills while able to make informed decisions about the best method of approach, ICT or otherwise, for a particular task. The implications of technologies are considered both for how we live now and for what the future may hold, both at home and in the workplace.
“Over three quarters of the UK workforce use IT in their jobs yet 1 in 10 businesses say there are gaps in the IT skills they need.” Extract from research by e-skills UK
If we are to prepare pupils for the workplace, then they need to be equipped with IT skills to support the wide variety of demands that may be placed on them.
Computer Science is an exciting subject, often entirely new to pupils, and involves understanding electron logic gates, calculations is binary and hexadecimal, as well as understanding databases and networks.
Computer Science is taught across the school and is an optional GCSE subjects.
At GCSE level, the Department’s objectives are:
- To provide opportunities for pupils to analyse, design, implement and document software for use by others
- To develop pupils’ own problem-solving skills through the use of information systems
- To foster pupils’ technical understanding of computer interfaces
- To encourage pupils to understand the wider applications and effects of information technolog
Pupils may choose to study ICT as one of their optional GCSE subjects. Pupils learn not just the familiar pieces of software in more detail, but also more complex applications, such as databases, spreadsheets and web programming. The course encourages pupils to be fast and efficient in working with technology and enables them to be highly competent problem solvers.
ICT is taught as a discrete subject throughout the School, from Nursery to Year 8. Skills are taught progressively in different years, as the ability of the children advances. The Early Years provision sets a sound basis of key skills by means of appropriately accessible programs. Pupils log on to their own accounts from Year 1 onwards. Office applications are introduced from Year 2. Much of the ICT work relates to topic work linked to areas of study undertaken with class and subject teachers.
Teaching takes place in the ICT Suite which comprises 24 workstations, allowing every child to work at their own computer. The Suite is also used by teachers of other subjects for subject-based ICT work. Two trolleys of 20 laptop computers each, furthers the integration of ICT into subject teaching. ICT skills are hence extended, while developing knowledge in other subjects. Most classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards which enhance subject teaching. 100 Chromebooks and 80 iPads also support the delivery of effective ICT across the school. Colour laser printers are provided in key areas and the recent addition of a 3D printer allows integration of design into the IT curriculum for the senior pupils.
The whole School is network cabled with wireless networking. Filtered and monitored broadband internet access is available to pupils at appropriate times. Pupils have to adhere to an Acceptable Use Policy and the implications of Internet use and safety are taught.