We have a range of ICT equipment which is used in the classroom at the point of learning. Children are given the opportunity to use ICT across the curriculum to enhance learning and practise the non-negotiable objectives and other key skills for ICT.
We have netbooks, laptops, iPods, iPads and handheld video cameras to extend the children’s ICT learning. It is our priority to continually update ICT and its application throughout the school on a rolling programme to maximise pupil engagement and progress.
We are currently equipping Reception with a set of iPads with appropriate apps and are currently working with a local schools' collaborative to further enhance our whole-school development in this area of the curriculum as part of the School Development Plan.
In computing we try to use both Windows based programs as well as I-pad based applications to assist children in familiarising themselves with the ever changing modern technology available.
In earlier years children use toys and robots such as Bee-Bots to program and execute simple instructions and consolidate directional language, alongside building the foundations of using technology confidently, taking photographs and videos to share their learning.
Children become increasingly competent throughout their time at Saint Anne's with use of the internet and become aware of internet browser functions such as bookmarks, tabs and the use of toolbars. Through viewing blogs and internet sites children encounter the use of passwords to protect their online profiles. Safe use of the internet is a key underpinning principle in all internet activities and children are reminded of the need to protect their online information. Children are taught to use the internet in a safe, respectable and responsible manner, including how to report any suspicious activity and "Stranger Danger".
We are increasing the amount of coding in our curriculum via the use of Scratch. This program allows children to make games, animations and applications of increasing complexities.