Boys are encouraged to use technology as a tool to learn in all aspects of the curriculum. Boys attend 1 hour lessons from Years 3-8 in which they are equipped with the skills to use a computer effectively to learn. The hub of the department is the Turing Technology Suite, a purpose built ICT suite that houses 20 desktop machines. Banks of laptops, Surface Go devices and Ipads are located throughout the school and are available for boys to access, for subject work, as required.
The curriculum is balanced between delivering computer science and information technology modules, whilst continuously improving boys’ digital literacy skills.
The study of the foundational principles and practices of computation and computational thinking, and their application in the design and development of computer systems. Boys learn how to code in various languages; program and control robots and we teach pure computer science principles such as algorithms to the junior school and binary maths to the senior school.
Deals with the creative and productive use and application of computer systems, especially in organisations, including considerations of e-safety, privacy, ethics, and intellectual property. Boys complete units in databases, website design, media studies and app creation to mention a few.
An overriding concept through all lessons which deals with basic functional skills, such as the ability to use a keyboard to touch type, mouse, email, and web browser.
We value and encourage independent learning and promote the use of learning technology at home. All students use learning platforms which allow children to upload files and access resources outside the school.
The department encourages children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Technology skills are a major factor in enabling children to be thoughtful, confident, safe, creative and independent learners.
Head of Computer Science and Information Technology.