Computing

 

     Year 2 Animation Project

We seek to empower our staff, learners and their families by providing high quality opportunities for all to use a wide variety of modern technology across all aspects of our school life. ICT is planned for across all areas of the curriculum to support, enrich and extend learning.      From School Aims

At Harbour Primary the use of ICT is central to our vision and ethos and is embedded into our teaching and learning. We regularly invest in new hardware and software resources, for example in 2015-2016 our Radio Studio (named by the children as 'Red Boat Radio' or RBR for short) will be up and running to support and enrich our speaking and listening activities across the curriculum, and all of our 60 Year 6 children will be proud users of their own Windows 8 tablet device. 

As a school we have achieved local, national and international recognition for our work in using a variety of ICT devices, software and hardware to extend the learning of our children and have won several prestigious awards (we were the last school to win Becta’s ICT Excellence Award for Primary Schools in 2010) Christine Terrey our Headteacher, was one of only a handful of Headteachers from the UK to be invited to attend the DEN Summer Institute (click here to watch TV clip about this) - a week long residential ICT conference in Nashville Tennesse in July 2014, and we are delighted that our ICT Subject Leader Matt Wright was invited to Washington DC this July (2015) for the same event. Christine was also asked to share her leadership skills in ICT development by the British Council in February 2015 in Serbia at their leading educational technology conference (picture above).

 Examples of our ICT use include; using green screen technology to support literacy and topic work, using apple ipad apps to challenge our more able children and to support our children with special educational needs and devising QR codes across the curriculum to aid communication. We enjoy computer coding across the school (an after school 'Scratch Club' was very popular this year), with the Ofsted inspectors who visited our school in February 2014 enjoying the skills shown in this area by our children in Year 1!

The use of modern audio visual technology aids pupils’ learning effectively. For example, pupils in Year 1 gain valuable knowledge and understanding of simple computer programs to help them learn how to devise working ‘apps’ which can be viewed by friends or parents. Older pupils were observed using video technology very effectively which helped to increase their knowledge and understanding within local history-based topic work.  Ofsted Feb 2014

 Each classroom is equipped with an HD Interactive Whiteboard, a touchscreen computer, desktop computers, netbooks, laptops and ipads in trolleys, visualisers, digital cameras and film recorders.  A range of ICT tools and information sources help to support children’s work in all subjects and enables them to develop their research and communication skills. They also explore and compare the different ways ICT is used in and out of school and learn how to use the Internet, email, digital cameras, scanners, recording equipment and a whole range of software.

Researching on netbooks...

 

Speech and Language group using ipads...

 

 

             

Our Year 1 children exploring weather forecasts with green screen technology.