We have a fully-equipped computer suite with enough machines for a whole class at any one time. Each class from reception upwards has a weekly session here taught by Miss Thomas, our specialist teacher in Computing, while class teachers have their non-contact time. Children learn how to use the computers for different purposes. There is a focus on keyboard skills with touch-typing at the start of each lesson so that children learn to work quickly and accurately.
With the increasing use of tablets and laptops at home, we have invested in a class set of Apple iPads to enhance Computing lessons. We use these to create iMovies with our upper KS2 children, learn to code in KS1 using Scratch Junior and much more.
We also have a full set of headphones for the children to create their own coding games with audio. They also get the opportunity to test the games of their peers giving feedback to them.
We also ask parents to introduce children to a mouse before starting at Woodside; with the increasing use of touch-screen technology, most children are not able to use this when starting school.
As well as the computers linked to the whiteboard or large teaching screen in every classroom, we also have mobile sets of laptops for additional computer use in older classes and iPads are in use around the school along with Apple TV in every classroom.
Below are links to useful sites that your child may be familiar with using at school. Most children will have usernames and passwords to these websites, if necessary.
Children will be set homework on MyMaths every week on a Friday and must be completed by the following Wednesday.
Children from Year 1 through to Year 6 have been given usernames and passwords to TT Rockstars. The children are set times tables according to ability and are able to battle against one another or practise individually to improve their knowledge.
KS2 children will have been given login details for SPAG.com to practise past test papers that are age-appropriate to their year groups. These test papers focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar.