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. From the Kindergarten to Year 6, all pupils are taught ICT and Computing by a computer specialist teacher. From Year 3 onwards, all pupils also have a dedicated touch-typing lesson a week.
The school has an extensive computer network including desktops, two trolleys of iPads and peripherals such as programming kits, digital cameras, sound recorders, web cameras and robots including Beebots.
We aim to deliver a broad and stimulating Computing Curriculum, comprising of computer science, digital literacy – including online safety – and information technology. Computer science focuses on learning about computational thinking through exciting and imaginative programming projects. The children develop programming skills using a range of languages including Scratch, Kodu, HTML and Python. They design and make computer games, animations and simulations and learn how control a variety of robots. Girls who want to learn more have the opportunity to attend coding clubs.
Online safety is very important to us and we spend time every year learning about how to conduct ourselves online and be safe. Because our pupils are likely to have access to the web at home, parents are invited to attend internet safety evenings run by online safety specialists.
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 Kindergarten 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.
The girls are taught formal keyboarding (touch-typing) as soon as they are ready. For some children this will be in Reception and/or Year 1. By the end of Autumn Term in Year 2, all girls can be expected to have begun their touch-typing journey. The girls practise their typing skills with hands covered so they cannot see the keyboard. Touch-typing is taught during curriculum time and through numerous club times.