Computing is used ever increasingly in today’s society. All children at Forest & Sandridge are given opportunities to explore these uses. Our children need to develop confidence in computing in many different ways and in different circumstances for different purposes.
Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Children are also equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. The children will become digitally literate and therefore will be able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. This will help prepare our children for their adult life.
At Forest and Sandridge we believe that effective use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a life skill that will be part of the learner’s future both at work and home. The constant innovations in technology mean that we are equipping children for a future where technology will be hugely different in both form and application. To that end we strive to embed Computing and ICT so that it allows learners to be creative, to work collaboratively and to solve problems.
Computing is embedded into curriculum teaching and learning. We ensure it is taught and applied within the contexts that allow purpose and application. Children are taught to choose and use hardware and software to meet their needs and enhance their learning experience. Resources are available for wherever and whenever they are appropriate within any area of the curriculum.
We work hard to ensure the children have access to good quality resources that are as up to date as we can get. Currently we have;
· A fast wireless network supplying internet access
· Interactive whiteboards in every teaching room
· A class set of laptops
· A class set of classmates
· A group set of iPads
· Digital cameras
· Microphones and digital recorders
· Selection of control hardware
· Data loggers
· Variety of software that supports skills across the curriculum including word processing, music and art