The curriculum is regularly updated and developed to accommodate the fast moving technology that becomes available along with the introduction of the Computing Curriculum incorporating Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. The children are taught the basics of coding from as early as the Pre Prep. Programming is taught in every year group with basic coding leading to Scratch, Python, HTML and other languages. In addition to programming and coding the children learn the key elements of MS Office and Google Apps, as well as developing good levels of competency with many elements of our electronic world such as creating websites, wiki’s, blogs and video logs. Children are formally assessed on a regular basis and we work hard to accommodate their individual needs. Children are encouraged to attend additional computing clubs. The cross-curricular use of technology is considerable.
There is an extensive computer network at Mowden that supports two IT suites, each with 17 computers, and at least one computer in every classroom as well as the Library and Pre-Prep. The school has pool of 30+ iPads which are used throughout by all subjects to make learning more mobile. Children get experiences with small computers by using Raspberry Pi’s – credit card sized single-board computers – and BBC Microbits, which assist in the teaching of computer science.
In the Prep School, the Computing programme is covered in two 35-minute lessons per week for years 4 and 5 with those in the upper Forms getting one lesson a week. The children in the Pre-Prep also have two lessons per week in one of the IT rooms.
All pupils are expected to develop their skills in touch-typing, with a regular assessment of their speed and level of accuracy.
Pupils are encouraged and later expected to organise their files into suitable folders. All pupils from Year 3 onwards have their own folder and logon name.
All pupils in the main school have an e-mail address that is accessible outside the school. Pupils are taught email etiquette and participate in discussions about safety issues with online communications.
Pupils’ access to the Internet is through standard filtered access during lessons and restricted access during free time. All Internet access is logged. E-safety is a key element of the teaching programme.