The ability to use Information Technology is now a core skill that all children will need throughout their life. The new Computing Curriculum now includes a strong focus on computer programming. To facilitate this, we have invested in a Lego Innovation Studio which includes a range of Lego kits that pupils can use to build their own designs then program to move and respond via specialist computer software.
In July 2013 we were among the first few schools in Warwickshire to gain the 360º E-Safety Mark. Online Safety is embedded into the Curriculum and daily life at the school and we are confident that pupils at our school have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe online. The school attracts many visitors which have included the Government Minister responsible for ICT in Education, H.M.I. and overseas teachers.
We have a dedicated suite of computers allowing frequent and ready access for all. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, a laptop, a visualiser and a data projector and is supported by a computers and laptops in each year base to accommodate group work. All computers are networked which allows much greater flexibility.
Children also have access to a wide range of peripherals to enhance learning. These include:
iPads, iPad minis, netbooks, iMacs, digital cameras, scanners, Internet access via a filter, digital microscopes, a classroom response system, data loggers, access to portal, digital signage, colour laser printing, Bee-Bots and a Lego Innovation Studio for programming and control technology.
All children have access to a filtered internet service via high speed broadband. A high priority is given to Online Safety and an Online Safety agreement is made between school and home.
The School Portal allows a personal on-line workspace for the whole school community.
In April 2015 our school won a three year subscription to eCadets by entering a County E-Safety song competition. eCadets is the UK's only structured pupil-led peer empowerment online safety scheme for schools. Our eCadets meet on a regular basis and are trained to offer support and advice to other children in the school if they have questions or a problem with something online. The team will meet up on a regular basis to discuss ways to promote online safety to both pupils and parents, to review policies and to contribute to the school Online Safety webpages.