Computer Studies is an exciting and dynamic subject at TPS, engaging all learners and challenging children’s thinking in an interactive and motivating environment.
The school is particularly well resourced for computing lessons and embedding computing across the wider curriculum. A secure network allows shared learning resources across the school, with excellent wireless connectivity. Pupils have their own secure login accounts for local and remote access and enjoy an Office365 account allowing full access to Office applications from anywhere in the world, on any device.
State of the art computer suites, equipped with touch-screen technology, allow pupils to work individually and collaboratively on high-spec computers. Apple iPads are available for whole class use inside or outside classrooms. Encouraging independence, the school adopted a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ scheme. Pupils are encouraged to bring in a device and provided with guidance on how to make the most of technology available to them as an individual.
Pupils attend Computer Studies lessons with specialist teachers. Progression and continuity of IT skills is developed, adhering to the whole school ‘Computer Science and ICT Pathway’. Lessons incorporate key strands of computer science, digital literacy and information technology. Computer science focuses on computational thinking through imaginative programming projects. Online safety and digital resilience are extremely important and we spend time learning how to conduct ourselves online and be safe.
Pupils develop an understanding of how all the amazing technology around us works. From fundamental computing skills to more creative Adobe applications; from understanding how computers work to advanced coding in different languages – there is something for everyone. An ever-popular weekly activity is ‘Cool Coding’. Children develop programming skills using languages including Kodu and Scratch. They design computer games and animations and have opportunities to express themselves creatively, develop as logical thinkers, and understand the workings of new technologies encountered in everyday lives.