At Old Hall, we value Computing. We are all technologists! A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Old Hall Gadget Geeks
We have digital leaders at Old Hall, or Gadget Geeks (Key Stage 2) as they prefer to be known. They are working hard with the Mini Geeks (Key Stage 1 Digital Leaders) to train them up on basic apps and on the laptops so that they can help to teach children in Key Stage 1 all about the apps they have been using.
This isn't all that the Gadget Geeks do though, they have duties and responsibilities such as checking over and troubleshooting hardware, testing new apps, setting up the AV Room and even helping staff with Technical Issues. They have even started doing Tech - Reviews on Vimeo.
Old Hall eCadets
We’re proud to announce we’ve become an eCadet school. The eCadets is an award winning programme which trains, empowers and supports a team of pupils to train other children in school and to encourage online safety.
eCadets is run by a team of former police officers, child protection officers and teachers and there is also the opportunity for the cadets to communicate through Bubble – the 100% safe social platform which is run and moderated by eCadets HQ and enables children engage with other eCadets in complete safety.
Our Terrific Tudor Art
Art doesn't have to be with a paintbrush, in Year 5 we collected Creative Commons images and combined them with Key Words about the Tudor Era. We used various apps on the iPads to create an app smash piece of digital work.
Whisper Online Safety Tool
With our pupils Online Safety in mind we have bought into Whisper, from the South West Grid for Learning. Whisper is an award-winning, anonymous reporting tool. If you click on the whisper icon here or at the bottom of our school website you will be taken through to the anonymous report tool. This capture issues reported by pupils either online, or by text message. It is for adults and pupils, you can also see posters and other information around school which can help you with this.