In our rapidly developing world, the use of technology naturally needs to form an integral part of every pupil’s learning experience.
At Eaton Square, we use digital resources in a range of ways to enrich the learning experience for each pupil. In doing so, we develop their foundational digital skills, all required for lifelong use.
Computing is taught in weekly lessons in our two Computing suites. Benefiting from desktops, laptops, tablets and other digital resources, pupils are expertly guided through the three key areas of computing: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
From an early age, children are given access to a range of resources to develop their understanding of how computers work. They gain an excellent foundation in programming and coding through programmable Beebots and Probots, Scratch and Scratch Junior (used to create games), HTML coding (enabling them to build websites), and Minecraft: Education Edition. All these develop their computational thinking and problem solving skills.
Understanding how computers work allows the children to use technology to express themselves in many cross-curricular contexts. The key information technology and digital literacy skills learnt during Computing positively benefit several other areas, including presentation and communication skills, internet-based research and email use. Whether creating PowerPoint presentations on Ancient Egypt, researching and presenting the weather in India, or investigating the history of the internet, pupils truly embrace using computers in many interesting and engaging contexts.
Once the key Computing skills are secured, pupils apply their knowledge to deepen their understanding. This is most evident from Key Stage Two, where we have introduced individual devices for each child to use in the classroom. Using Surface Go Tablets, all pupils have immediate access to digital resources to enhance their learning, whether it be for creative writing, photography, film or digital communication.
We now also use Microsoft Teams and Atom Learning for all homework. This builds on the children’s excellent digital development during our periods of remote learning; and the reduced use of paper is of much delight to our Eco Committee!