Investing in technology and integrating it into our everyday school life is not only fundamental to developing our pupils’ academic skills and abilities but also to creating a whole school environment that supports progression and change.
We prioritise our technology infrastructure to ensure pupils, teachers, support staff and governors can all access the digital systems they need to enhance their daily work. As a result, we have reduced waste significantly, aiding our vision of running a much more sustainable school, as well as improving efficiencies and productivity.
For our teachers and pupils, the investments made into technology over recent years have transformed how lessons are taught and received. Smart Boards in every classroom bring topics alive. Online games and support tools make consolidating learning from phonics and maths to science fun and engaging. Pupils love learning to code with programmes such as Scratch.
We also regularly maintain and replace our sound equipment and lighting in the school hall to ensure plays and concerts can be enjoyed and performed by children for Open Days and Assemblies.
During the COVID pandemic, technology kept us all connected! Daily registrations, show and tell and sharing stories could all happen, despite not being in school. Google Classroom ensured work could still be set, submitted, marked and feedback provided. This is now a programme we use the whole time for homework and class communications with parents and pupils. In Reception we have a programme called Tapestry, where you can regularly see pictures of your child’s day to day activities.
Technology is a very valuable asset to our SEND team. It connects us and parents to support courses and training as well as providing valuable learning tools for pupils that they can use both in school and at home to help support their individual learning.
As well as teaching pupils the academic skills they need to learn in technology, we’re also ensuring their safety and competency as they gain increasing access into the digital environment. Online safety features specifically in PHSE but is supported and discussed with pupils whenever relevant. We also provide guidance to parents to help support the learning of online safety at home as well as in school.
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