‘Curious’ and ‘Creative’…we are all becoming ‘digital natives’ through computing.
The children at Betty Layward enjoy daily access to technologies such as iPads, computers and laptops to support their learning. Our school has invested a great deal of resources into technology over recent years to ensure that all children have the opportunity to become ‘digital natives’ during their time at Betty Layward.
Our computing curriculum focuses on a wide-range of learning outcomes such as ‘coding’ programs and games, creating multimedia presentations, ‘app’ design and marketing, web-based ‘wikis’, digital communication and hardware/software interaction. Students at Betty Layward thoroughly enjoy and challenge themselves with the use of technology in the school, not just in computing, but across all key learning areas.
2016/17 is an exciting time for Betty Layward’s Computing curriculum. Recent purchases of 220 new iPads and 60 Laptops have given students daily access to technology to enhance their learning. Our iPads are equipped with a wide range of subject-specific apps that are used to support daily teaching across the entire National Curriculum.
Students across the school are also being introduced to the concept of ‘Coding’ through the use of ‘Scratch’ and ‘Scratch Jr.’ coding applications on laptops and iPads. Our kids have created some very interesting, unique and exciting games and programs from this unit of work.
Betty Layward also participated in the UK’s ‘No Pens Wednesday’, which allowed students the opportunity to learn and communicate ideas through creative technologies instead of the traditional pen and paper. Students across all year groups used iPads and apps such as ‘iMovie’, ‘StopMotion’ and ‘Explain Everything’ to create a wide-range of multimedia presentations. It’s just a small sample of the power of technology in the classroom; equipping all of our students to become ‘digital natives’.