Alpha staff are empowered with the tools and expertise to individualise and optimise learning for all in our fully Apple environment. The purposeful and planned integration of current technologies including 1:1 iPads from Foundation Stage, develops our students as confident and curious individuals, empowered with a love and control of their own learning.
Innovation at Alpha is about so much more than simply using technology. At Alpha, innovation is about thinking in new and creative ways to solve problems. Alpha’s balanced focus on content, skills and attitudes ensures that our students develop into responsible citizens, who work collaboratively with confidence to solve problems for the greater good.
The Alpha curriculum is designed with the following overarching skills at its core:
At Alpha, basic coding is part of the curriculum from Year 1. Alpha School participates annually in worldwide coding initiative “Hour of Code” hosted by Code.org. We use Apple's new Swift Playgrounds in Primary to teach students how to code and create apps with the support of the very best hardware including Parrot drones and Sphero devices.
With Swift Playgrounds, our students can learn and implement fundamental coding concepts to control these environment devices to startup, shutdown, movement capabilities, custom animations and more. This not only gives our students the chance to learn how to put together more complex coding commands but allows each child to define completely unique behavior for their programmable devices.
To learn more logon to https://www.apple.com/ae/swift /playgrounds.
Technology Enhanced Parent Partnership
At Alpha, parents are partners and communication is key. State-of-the-art digital platforms avail our parents to comprehensive and customised information about every aspect of school life and provide a deep understanding of their children’s learning.
Multi-media digital monthly Principal newsletters are a celebration of whole school achievement. Weekly year group newsletters likewise, share updates on teaching and learning, homework and celebrations at a class level.
Home-school workflow tools provide a window into their child’s learning real time. Through the use of Seesaw parents receive alerts to view their child’s work and peer and teacher feedback. This empowers our parents with the confidence to support and extend the learning at home in mother-tongue.