ICT is a core subject at Ditcham Park School, used throughout every year group and by every pupil from age 4 – 16 years. At Ditcham Park School we have a fantastic ICT centre with 2 fully networked teaching suites and an Interactive Learning Centre of 19 computers within our school library.
ICT 1 – Contains 24 networked PCs set-up in a formal teaching layout for a maximum class size of 22. Each workstation is fitted with Intel i3 or above processors, with a 22” TFT screen, standard QWERTY keyboard and a wired laser mouse. There are 2 networked laser printers, a digital scanner, and a SMART whiteboard with short throw projector for teaching and making presentations.
ICT 2 – Contains 17 networked PCs, and 6 networkable laptops. Each workstation is fitted with Intel i3 or above processors, with a 22” TFT screen, standard QWERTY keyboard and a wired laser mouse. The Toshiba and Fujitsu laptops have a permanent mains powered docking station and 15.4” screens. In ICT 2 there are also 2 networked laser printers, a digital scanner and a SMART Whiteboard with short throw projector. Both of our suites are air conditioned to provide a comfortable working and learning environment.
The Juniors use ICT throughout each Key Stage and all junior classrooms have IT facilities with software chosen and tested for suitability by the junior teaching staff. We use a wide variety of educational software including: Number Gym (v2.5), Clicker 5 and Crystal Rainforest (v2).
This is combined with key Microsoft Office programmes and Internet-based learning to help develop not only IT skills, but also subject focused knowledge across the entire junior curriculum.
In Senior Forms 1 and 2 pupils develop their skills further using Microsoft Office applications with a focus on Desk Top Publishing, Spreadsheet work and Presentation software. Pupils in Form 1 also investigate ICT control software such as Scratch and CoCo and write their own simple programmes and procedures.
In Form 3 pupils are introduced to MS Access and commence their ECDL (European Computer Driving License) qualification using the Microsoft Office 2010 suite. This certificated professional qualification which uses online course-ware is completed by all pupils before the end of Form 4. The ECDL is the most popular business qualification of its type in the UK and throughout Europe and is administered by BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT. There is no discreet teaching of ICT in Form 5.
Outside of ICT as a specialist subject, the IT suite is well used as a bookable resource for all departments and Junior classes; it is also an integral part of the schools development and expansion programme.
IT also has a significant impact on the school’s extra-curricular activities with the IT suites being used most lunchtimes for activities, clubs, Music ICT, and pupils’ personal project work.