We have a wide range of resources at Oak Lodge to enable pupils to explore technology in imaginative and creative ways. All pupils have their own user names and passwords to access their user area where they can save and retrieve their projects. They also have access to an internal email system. Our main computer suite is found in the Technology Block where there are iMacs, laptops and iPads (full size and mini) available for pupils to use. We also have a suite of PCs in the library and four caddies of laptops in school that can be booked for classroom use. The main software we use is Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe Web Premium, and Microsoft for Macs. The School also has robots for programming and learning about control and sensors. All classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards. Electronic safety is a priority throughout all year groups, with pupils discussing how to stay safe online, appropriate online behaviour and how to report incidents that concern them.
- learning how to behave appropriately, responsibly and safely online
- developing programming skills
- using a wide range of software, across Computer Studies and Computer Science, from animation to programming that are not readily accessible outside of school
Pupils practice their animation, programming and data based skills during Year 7, then continue to build on their skills throughout Years 8 and 9 whilst developing independent thought and learning in their projects. By the end of Key Stage 3, many pupils have enough skills to work independently on a range of computer-based projects.
- Baseline assessment
- Control and MSW Logo with Nxt Robot
- Programming using Scratch
- Designing tables
- E Safety
- A variety of animation, using SAM Animation, Pivot Stick, Digiblu, and 2Animate
- Creating an interactive quiz with Microsoft Powerpoint
- Create a podcast using Audacity
- Creating spreadsheets and graphs
- E Safety
- Create and use a database using Microsoft Access
- The use of control technology
- Algorhythms (flowal)
- Learning how to use Adobe Fireworks CS5.1
- Using iMovie
- Computer components
- Building and expanding spreadsheet skills from Year 8
Pupils are assessed continuously throughout the year, and more formally assessed at the end of each term. Pupils are encouraged to provide peer to peer evaluations and self-assessment regularly during lessons, promoting independent thinking and social skills.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- Discussing a news item with their child that involves past, present or future use of technology.
- Discussing with their child the use of social networking sites, how to behave responsibly online, and what to do if they feel bullied or worried.