Technology is part of everyday life, for most of us technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work.
At Thomas’s Academy our computing skills-development programme works alongside the rest of our curriculum to ensure that children are taught specific computing skills in a progressive way as they go through the school. Pupils are immersed in a wide range of skills including sound and video editing, coding and debugging, movie making and internet safety, as well as using word processing, data handling and presentation tools. We have a multi purpose computer lab with 15 iMac computers, which are dual boot, running windows 10 and iOS.
At Thomas's Academy, we have invested in our 'Blended Learning' approach to education as this is closely related to real life experience and enhances work in other subjects. Blended Learning is an approach that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional classroom methods. One programme we use to assist us with this is Seesaw. Each child, from Year 1, has an online Learning Journal which they can independently add to. A Learning Journal typically consists of photographs, videos, audio recording and tasks completed online. Teachers can also set tasks on Seesaw to be done at school or at home. Parents are able to view their child's Learning Journal from home. In order for this approach to be successful, each class has their own set of iPads with an agreed core suite of apps to use for both the computing curriculum and for Blended Learning.
With technology developing quickly, we work hard at Thomas's Academy to ensure our approach is relevant and exciting through regular training and investment in resources.