At CIK we recognise that many of the jobs that will be available in the future do not even exist yet, therefore our digital learning programme aims to equip students with adaptable skills to prepare them for whatever the future may hold.
From a young age we support students to be responsible when using digital technologies and make sure e-safety is a top priority.
We integrate an e-safety scheme based on resources from Common Sense Media to support students in becoming responsible digital citizens.
Our robust school firewall and devices with restrictions ensure that students are protected from many of the dangers associated with online activities so they are able to utilise online resources to support their learning.
We also ensure students develop an awareness of how an individual’s digital footprint (a record of their online activities) can impact on their future so they can make conscious decisions about what they post online and the future impact it may have.
In the Early Years phase of the school we recognise that children need to grow and learn through play and explore the world around them.
Each classroom from Pearls to Year 1 have desktop computers that can be used as part of the continuous provision curriculum.
The aim of this is to expose children to using the mouse and keyboard through games and activities that prepare them for utilising computers as part of their learning in the future. They also have access to programmable toys such as Beebots as a starting point for computational thinking.
Students in Year 1 to Year 6 have sets of Learnpads available to use throughout the day as part of our integrated digital learning approach.
Learnpads are a Bett Award winning device aimed at use in the classroom which means they are set up in such a way that teachers have as much, or as little control over the device as is appropriate for the age group.
This enables students to access a wide range of apps and website that can really enhance learning.
For example, when developing story writing, children as young as 5 have learnt animation skills to help them tell their story and move on to writing some excellent work.
Year 4 students were inspired to write about rainforests after using our virtual reality headsets to immerse themselves in the amazon rainforest (they also visited the real thing in Mabira forest!).
Year 5 students used an app to explain the outcomes of a science experiment using cartoon strips.
Year students became immersed in story writing after using virtual reality to watch 360° videos with sound effects. There are endless opportunities for exciting educational experiences with our technology integration. Students also learn to use word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software integrated into units of work.
Primary students also have access to Beebots, Probots, Digital Cameras, Digital Microscopes, iPads and laptops so the most appropriate device can be used depending on the activity.
The flexible and spacious Primary ICT lab provides an inspirational place to learn digital skills.
Primary students also develop their computational thinking skills using resources from the latest UK curriculum.
We introduce computer programming in Scratch in Year 3 and students build on their skills throughout the upper end of primary. By Year 6 students start exploring app development and are introduced to MIT app inventor.