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Computing

Built from the bottom up

At Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall we aim to instil a solid understanding of,  and proficiency in, core computer skills from an early age. To facilitate the learning of these core skills we use the following software packages:

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint)
  • Internet Explorer

Challenging young minds with new experiences

Computing is not all about a means to an end. The IT industry is huge, and offers amazing and exciting careers. We feel it is our responsibility to show your child the potential uses of information technology, not only in day-to-day use, but also in a career context. With this in mind, we explore software and teach skills that help pupils understand the bigger picture of computing and IT applications.

Following are examples of software that we explore:

  • Scrach Programming
  • Kodu Games Programming
  • BBC Microbit (Javascript & Python)
  • Microsoft Packages

Keeping our pupils secure

Children are permitted to use the Internet but only when an adult is present in the Computing suite. Internet security measures are in place to ensure that children are not able to access unsuitable material, albeit accidentally.

In addition, our pupils are educated on safe and responsible use of the Internet during Computing and PSHE lessons. We aim to ensure they understand what to do and what not to do when dealing with potentially unsafe situations while using computers both at school and at home.

Everyone should have ready access to a computer

Here, at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall, we firmly believe that computers and peripherals should be available as often as possible to everyone at the school. With this in mind, we have the following computing facilities:

  • 2 x dedicated computing suite of 20 computers, where each pupil from Year 2 upwards receives at least one specialist computing lessons a week. These suites are also available to all other subjects for cross-curriculum teaching.
  • A suite of computers in the DT block, which are used as part of  dedicated DT lessons and also for other subjects.
  • At least one computer and an interactive whiteboard in each classroom to facilitate modern teaching methods.
  • The school libraries have computers that run the library book software and also facilitate extra curriculum use.
  • Printing is readily available in the School, with large, dedicated printers in central areas and individual printers in administration areas.
  • Wireless and printing facilities for those children that use laptops to aid with written work.