Computing, ICT and Media
Computing is a subject which is becoming more and more integral to all aspects of school life. Pupils at Fairley House have access to a wide range of technology and are encouraged to use mobile computing devices to supplement their learning.
Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties often find ICT is a stronger subject as they can access the curriculum with greater ease than other subjects. Both Computing and ICT are taught throughout the Key Stages and involves a diverse range of skills through use of various software packages such as; Microsoft Office, Serif Design Suite, and Adobe Photoshop. A varied range of topics are taught across the curriculum which include learning about app development, web design, computer programming, and animation.
At Key Stage 4, pupils have the opportunity to study Media at Cambridge National Level 2. This is an award which is equivalent to a GCSE grade. Within this subject area, topics such as graphic design, web design, image manipulation, and pre-production planning are all covered. It is a relatively new qualification which pupils find engaging and accessible.
Pupils are taught Computing, ICT, and Media in the designated ICT suite which has been designed to incorporate Apple iMacs which are also compatible with Windows. Each pupil has access to either a laptop or tablet in every classroom with technical support available at all times.
Touch typing is also taught as an intensive course to Key Stage 3 pupils but outside of the subject area of Computing and ICT. This course benefits the children by improving their keyboard skills, thereby reducing apprehension when asked to write during lessons. Pupils are also encouraged to use other software available to them such as Read Write Gold. This improves confidence and understanding levels for struggling readers and allows them to learn and understand more independently during class.