‘Curious’ and ‘Creative’…we are all becoming ‘digital natives’ through computing.
Computing prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. We recognise that computing is an important tool in both the society we live in and in the process of teaching and learning. Pupils use computing tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ computing to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of sources.
Our vision is for all staff and pupils in our school to become confident users of computing technologies so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enable them to integrate computing seamlessly into teaching, learning and administration. Computing is a tool to create greater efficiency, more engaging learning and to prepare for life beyond school – it is not an end in itself.
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.
Each class has daily access to a set of iPads to support their learning within the computing curriculum and across all subject areas.
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.
Every year, Betty Layward participates in the UK’s ‘No Pens Wednesday’, which allows students the opportunity to learn and communicate ideas through creative technologies instead of the traditional pen and paper.