As a subject in its own right and crossing through the whole of school life, IT plays an important role at The Pilgrims’ School. We have two IT suites and have invested significantly in the latest technology.
Activities for Junior boys include word processing, touch-typing, painting, programming robotic models, mind mapping, and travelling around the UK using Google Earth. iPads are used in lessons for research or to reinforce learning objectives – they are particularly effective for revising mental maths skills.
Purple Mash is a platform used by the Juniors to get deeper into their coding journey. We use drones and robots so that the boys can see physical outcomes to their coding. Our dancing robot, Polly Pilgrim, offers a different way to code, as well as being good fun to watch.
Further up the school, the boys’ learning is enriched with programming in various computer languages, stop-frame animation, and game creation, as well as the ongoing study of Microsoft Office.
Virtual reality headsets have been very successful in bringing subjects to life through a fully immersive experience.
Returning from a visit to the Tutankhamun exhibition, Year 3 put on the VR headsets to find themselves standing in the entrance to an Egyptian tomb. The sense of actually having been there greatly enhanced the boys’ articles, written for The Daily Hieroglyph after their visit.