The ability to use information technology effectively is an essential life skill in modern society. We recognize that information technology has the ability to motivate and enthuse pupils, to enable them to work individually, co-operatively and collaboratively, to develop perseverance and flexibility and we plan opportunities for pupils to develop these skills.
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils achieve high standards in information technology capability and that all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, that they can analyse problems in computational terms, that they can evaluate and apply information technologies and that they are confident and creative users of information technology.
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we
experience much of our world.” – David Warlick
Information technology is a tool for learning and the key for raising standards across a wide range of subjects. During their weekly lessons in one of three suites, pupils use IT to communicate and handle information and present it in a variety of ways. They learn to control a variety of electronic devices and develop an understanding of the use of control in everyday life. They use computer models to explore and test the answers to questions. They apply the principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic and algorithms and write computer programs to solve a variety of problems. IT is ever present across all subjects and the recent introduction of tablet devices has ensured access to IT whatever the subject and location.