We aim to enrich the quality of pupils’ learning through active involvement with Information and Communications Technology (ICT), individually and collaboratively.
ICT is an integral part of the classroom experience and we aim to ensure children’s ICT experiences are coherent, progressive and relevant as they progress through our school.
We help pupils develop the necessary skills to use ICT in a safe way and present ICT as a creative process, encouraging children to use their own initiative, imagination and reasoning. Our philosophy for ICT rests on the belief that computing is a fundamental feature of a 21st century education. Our approach is encapsulated in the following statement:
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Russell House ICT is taught as an discrete subject in order to develop basic skills, but crucially it is also embedded so that pupils are expected to undertake what we call ‘digital tasks’ across all areas of the school curriculum.
- Children in Form 2 make and publish their own digital talking books. In Form 3 they focus on databases and mindmapping software. In Form 4 they begin their journey into email communication and the collaborative world of Google’s cloud-based sharing facilities.
- In Form 5, work is done on creating websites and wikis as a means of sharing information.
- In Form 6 pupils begin to delve into the world of computer-aided drafting to create virtual art galleries where their virtual art work may be displayed.
- In Form 7, children learn to develop their own apps.
- Starting in the Early Years and continuing throughout the school, the pupils learn coding.
- Alongside these lessons is a drive to include real-life computing experiences. For example a visit to the Sky Skills Studios provides children with the opportunity to create their own news stories.