Computing

At Whitegrove, we aim to equip children with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners, whilst learning how to keep themselves safe online.

The teaching style that we adopt is as active and practical as possible. While at times we do give children direct instruction on how to use hardware or software, the main emphasis of our teaching in ICT is for individuals or groups of children to use computers to help them in their learning across the curriculum. For example, children might research a history topic using a CD-ROM, or investigate a particular issue on the internet. Children who are learning science or maths might use the computer to model a problem or to analyse data. We encourage children to explore ways in which the use of ICT can improve their results, for example, how a piece of writing can be edited or how the presentation can be improved by moving text around or altering its appearance.

We recognise that all classes have children with widely differing ICT abilities. This is especially true when some children have access to ICT equipment at home, while others do not. As well as providing access to ICT through after-school clubs and activities, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the child.