The new curriculum clearly emphasises the importance of computational thinking, a way of approaching problems that allows us to harness the immense power of computers.
This way of thinking has been developed from other methods of problem solving and hence has many overlaps and opportunities for transfer as learners develop mathematical, scientific and linguistic fluency.
In a world increasingly dominated by computer science and innovative technological solutions, children need to be offered the opportunity to grow as natural computational thinkers, helping them develop their skills across the core curriculum and preparing them to participate in a world where innovation, progress and efficient maintenance will all find new solutions that take advantage of information and communications technology (ICT). The Pre-Prep boys are introduced to the primary skills required to use computers and the internet, and they gain lots of experience with basic programming and coding platforms and languages.
The aim of the Prep School computing curriculum is to build on the curriculum and opportunities offered in our Pre-Prep, as well as catering for pupils coming into the school from external schools.
A broad and balanced range of lessons is offered to allow every pupil the opportunity to develop his skills across three key areas: digital citizenship, coding, and the use of information communication technology (ICT).
Digital citizenship introduces the ideals and core values by which every pupil should live his online life. Online safety, password security and online friendship are three of the key areas we explore.
Our pupils develop excellent programming skills through online resources such as Kodu, Scratch and Code.org. Our senior boys code in languages such as Python, which they use in conjunction with the BBC Micro:bit mini computers.
Although there has been a sea change from ICT to computing, the key skills of ICT have not been discarded. In the Prep School all pupils will continue to hone their skills in widely used software packages, such as Microsoft Office, in order to research, produce and edit a range work across all school subjects. On top of this, all pupils embark on a structured touch typing course which follows them from Year 4 to Year 8, so that progress can be monitored.
Our computing classroom is supplemented by a suite of laptop tablets which are used across the school, allowing concepts and skills introduced in the computing classroom to be used in all subjects. With our pupils using these resources across the school, as well as in their timetabled computing lesson taught by a subject specialist, the pupils of Eaton House The Manor Prep School are well prepared for their future digital lives.