Computing is embedded across the curriculum at Swanbourne House School, with pupils given the opportunity to fully develop ICT (Information and Communication Technology) skills to aid them in future education and employment.
To ensure technology is used effectively across the school, the following vision has been developed by both pupils and staff. Swanbourne House School uses:
- Well supported, reliable, technology
- To enhance teaching and learning
- Appropriately across all subjects and ages
- Both inside and outside of school
- Responsibly and safely
- By all pupils and staff
- To meet the needs of individuals
In order to realise this vision, the school has a vast range of technology available for use, including dedicated ICT suites, class sets of iPads and laptops, and personal devices for pupils where appropriate. Within every classroom, Interactive Whiteboards or high-resolution, LCD touch-screens, are available.
Within Computing lessons, pupils study the principles of computer programming and examine a range of concepts, such as sequencing, repetition and Boolean logic. Younger pupils use an array of accessible hardware and apps, including Bee-Bots, to enable them to grasp the fundamental ideas, before moving onto using visual programming environments, such as Scratch and Kodu. Pupils are given opportunities to share their work beyond school by taking part in worldwide coding initiatives and entering competitions.
As pupils progress through the school, they produce more complex programs using text based programming languages. Raspberry Pis are used to facilitate physical computing, in addition to programming with Minecraft. Older pupils' work is increasingly project based and nationally recognised for its excellence. For example, this year has seen children reached the final of the TeenTech Awards at the prestigious Royal Society.
e-Safety is vital to the well being of our pupils and children are educated to behave responsibly online.
Within other subjects, pupils develop their ICT skills further through a number of cross-curricular links. Microsoft Office and Google Apps are used to enhance teaching and learning, with a range of subject specific software available to engage and motivate pupils. To support teachers with their use of ICT in the classroom, each year pupils are invited to apply to be a Digital Leader. The role is highly regarded and those involved assist with the development of the subject, basic technical support, evaluating new technology and maintaining the Digital Leaders' blog - http://shsdl.weebly.com/