ICT & COMPUTING
The Computing and IT department is on the top floor of the main school with a dedicated suite of networked PCs. We also have an iMac and a small number of Macbooks (for animation and film). The selection of digital cameras, web cams, and ancillary equipment increases annually. All pupils are taught Computing and IT weekly.
Pupils in Year 3 are taught to touch-type before progressing to the strands of computing and digital media taught throughout the Prep Department. English Type is the main program, and currently pupils also use our personalised on line program – Typing Instructor for Kids (ml.typingintructorkids.com) - to allow them to continue to work at home.
Computing languages are taught. With a transition nationally to a computing led curriculum, for the first time this academic year Python is being taught to the older pupils. Scratch is introduced from Year 3 onwards. HTML and CSS are taught for web design, as is Photoshop
We work very closely with the Art department and are extremely proud of the cross-curricular projects we jointly produce. Film, animation and digital photography are key strands.
Our Vimeo channel can be found here:
Each year we choose a theme for our studies; this year it is wildlife and in particular the ‘re-wilding’ of an area of the school grounds.
Our blog for this year can be found at:
You can explore our work in previous years through these blogs:
www.mlshoes.edublogs.org (2012 – 2013)
www.mlcentenarygardenpolo.blogspot.com (2011- 2012)
We are also always keen for pupils to participate in external competitions and exhibitions.
2013 Wellington College Arts Fest - Junior Film and Animation 1st and 2nd Prize
Edinburgh Film Competition – ‘Hidden Stories’ category. Shortlisted animation
2012 ‘Kids4Kids’ National Film Competition at the BFI South Bank. Winner
2011 Make IT Happy .Regional Winners – South East of England
2013 – 2104 (October to January) Northampton Museum and Gallery ‘Take One Shoe’