Information Technology is an integral part of our everyday lives. It is also an exciting aspect of education at Gad’s Hill School, highly interactive and very motivating. It engages all learners, challenging children’s thinking and taking their learning further.
The school is very well resourced for ICT. A secure computer network allows shared learning resources across the school, with internet access and wireless connectivity. Junior pupils have their own ‘log ins’ and are provided with an internal email account. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and a computer, with access to a wide variety of cross-curricular software appropriate to their age group. A modern ICT suite allows pupils to work individually on a computer.
Once a week pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 attend ICT lessons with an ICT specialist teacher. The progression and continuity of ICT skills is developed in these lessons, through purposeful cross-curricular activities. Core topics cover desk top publishing, graphics, data handling, modelling, control and safe use of the internet.
Technologies are always moving forward and as a school, we pride ourselves on being up to date. A recent initiative has been to provide year 6 girls with their own mini notebook computer to use within the classroom and at home. This project has proved highly successful, taking learning at Holy Cross forward in the 21st Century.