The Arnold House IT department offers access to IT to all pupils and staff within the School. The School has a dedicated IT room with facilities that allow each pupil in a class to use a PC on their own. The music department has a suite of 9 Macs where a class can be catered for on one Mac between two pupils. The School has interactive whiteboards or LCD screens in all of the teaching rooms.
Boys in Years 1 through to 8 have dedicated IT lessons with the Head of Department which teaches them key skills in the use of different software for presenting work, the internet, email, touch typing, animation and programming.
Boys in Years 1 to 4 have an extra weekly lesson in the IT suite to support their learning in Maths. Boys in Years 5 to 8 also have the use of chromebooks and netbooks which can be used across any subject when required.
Information Technology is important because:
- The use of IT is widespread in the modern technological world and continually growing
- IT is an important medium for learning and study at all educational levels
The broad aims of the department are that all pupil’s will:
- enjoy using IT and tackle all applications with confidence and a sense of achievement
- develop practical skills in the use of IT and the ability to apply these skills when producing work
- understand the capabilities and limitations of IT
- understand how to use the internet and email accounts appropriately and safely
The emphasis in our teaching with IT is on the use of computers as tools to support learning:
- all pupils are quickly made familiar with confident use of the keyboard and mouse
- pupils are taught how to efficiently use the internet as a research tool
- as pupils progress through the School they are encouraged to develop growing independence in their use of IT