“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”
– John Dewey
At Servite, we use computing to enhance our pupil’s learning experience.
Following a well-established computing curriculum, we use our facilities to enhance learning across all subjects, whilst challenging our children with some quite advanced programmes in ICT! We use Espresso to teach the children the basics of coding and even get them to create their own apps and games.
We encourage pupils to share their work online and evaluate each other’s creations- some of the children are surpassing us in the computing stakes!
We have a wonderful computing suite with 14 PCs. This room can be booked for up to an hour per class and is a well-used resource.
We also have a range of portable technology which can be used anywhere in the school.
- A class set of Google-equipped chromebooks
- iPads in every classroom
- Sphero Balls
- Floor turtles
- Interactive voting pads
- Digital cameras
- Sound recording devices
- Digital sensors
In addition to these facilities, our classrooms are also well equipped with technology: two PCs, an interactive whiteboard and a visualiser are provided to enhance the children's learning.
Our whole school network is now run via the Google 'G-Suite'. This means that every child has their own gmail login and can access the full range of google resources both at school, or remotely whilst working at home. This flexibility allows the children to complete home-learning and save it direct to the school network, cutting down the need for printing and using unnecessary paper.
Throughout the year, the computing curriculum has a focus on coding, allowing the children to use logic solutions to design, amend and run systems. We use the Espresso coding website with each year group, which the children can also access at home. You can speak to their class teacher if you would like the login details. Once the children have mastered these skills, they are encouraged to use them further afield, for example on the Hour of Code website.
Our blog is a space for the children to share and comment on each other’s work in an honest and open forum. Including everything from poetry to painting, it is a space for our children to get creative with technology.
We jump at any opportunity to share the children’s learning with you as parents, and now we get to share it with the world!
In a world where children have almost constant access to the internet, we encourage our pupils to stay safe online. Through workshops and interactive sessions, we ensure that our children are aware of the dangers of the Internet. E-safety is a fundamental part of the computing curriculum, being delivered through regular class sessions, as well as Key Stage or whole-school assemblies.
Not only do we help the children understand how to stay safe online, we educate our parents too. With workshops and events run in school we hope to encourage parents to promote e-safety at home as much as we do in school.
Click here to access the parent E-Safety section: Keeping Safe Online
You can also find all the information that was shared during the most recent parent workshop on Safer Internet Day 2019 here.