Information and communications are embedded in our society. Children are growing up in a time of rapid technological change and are adopting these technologies as a matter of course at school, at home and in their leisure time. At St. Anne's, we seek to harness and use this enthusiasm in our pupils to both excite them in their learning and to extend their learning.
Our aims in using Information technology are that all pupils will enjoy using computing, choose and use appropriate applications with confidence and a sense of achievement, develop practical skills in the use of Computing, be able to apply these skills to the solving of relevant and worthwhile problems, understand the capabilities and limitations of Computing and the implications and consequences of its use.
As the aims of Computing are to equip children with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners, the teaching style that we adopt is as active and practical as possible. Children experience Computing both through direct instruction on how to use hardware or software and individuals or groups of children to use computers to help them in whatever they are trying to study. So, for example, children might research a history topic by using a CD-ROM, E-Book, or they might investigate a particular issue on the Internet. Children who are learning science might use the computer to model a problem or to analyse data.
We encourage the children to explore ways in which the use of Computing can improve their results, for example, how a piece of writing can be edited or how the presentation of a piece of work can be improved by moving text about etc.
Our children use the Purple Mash software to help them progress through the computing curriculum. This is an award winning programme that teaches all of the national curriculum requirements. . Purple Mash enables positive online behaviours, providing the safe way for children to learn to email, blog and express themselves. Teacher resources support the teaching of key online safety messages, vital in today's world where children are more connected than ever.