Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world. – Computing in the National Curriculum 2014
At The Granville School, we believe that all pupils should be equipped to participate fully in our rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We aim to deliver a broad and stimulating Computing Curriculum, comprising of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy, underpinned by a safe and secure online environment for all pupils.
From the Nursery to Y6, all pupils are taught by an Computer specialist. The school has an extensive computer network including desktops, iPads and peripherals such as digital cameras, sound recorders, web cameras, Flip video cameras and Beebots for control technology.
Our philosophy on keyboarding is that it starts from the minute a pupil uses a computer since it requires a child to look at the letters in a different order than what they are used to. Keyboarding is divided into informal and formal. Informal starts in Transition when the children learn to recognise the letters on the keyboard. They continue with keyboard letter recognition in Reception. By Year 1, girls are encouraged to use two hands.
From Year 1 the girls are taught formal keyboarding (touch-typing) . With the use of two-third size keyboards, tailor made for small fingers, the girls practise their typing skills with hands covered so they cannot see the keyboard.