In an ever changing world, the use of ICT has become vital in enabling individuals to meet their full potential in society and as future innovators.
Our aim is that all children will leave our schools as confident, competent and discriminating users of technology. Technology is used in creative and imaginative ways, allowing children to experiment and develop their ideas. Throughout our schools, technology is used to enhance, support and extend learning. Computing skills are taught discretely, as well as technology being used as a medium for learning across a broad range of subject areas.
The children learn to use technology in the correct and safe way to enrich their learning. Throughout each year children develop new skills to build upon their existing knowledge in a range of subject areas. These include: programming their own games; computer animation; video and audio recording as well as publication and internet use.
For each area of the curriculum every task is related to a real world opportunity or skill. By offering a rich and current computing curriculum we hope to give your children the digital skills that they will need for the future.
As the aims of ICT are to equip children with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners, the teaching style we adopt is as active and practical as possible.
ICT and computing skills are taught discretely and applied across the curriculum. All schools have access to desktop PCs, laptops and iPads as well as every teaching space being fitted with mounted or mobile interactive whiteboards. All sites have up to date wireless provision for speed of access.
ICT lessons cover the skills of the National Curriculum for Computing, as a baseline, as well as the discrete teaching of touch typing skills. Where appropriate, direct instruction is used to assist children in the acquisition of new skills which can be applied. During practical work, teachers are facilitators, enabling children to acquire new skills and apply them in their own ways. Children are routinely encouraged to experiment beyond the discrete knowledge taught, enabling them to explore, self-extend and pursue their own interests. Often, the teacher is a facilitator; the children are explorers and innovators.
ICT is also used as a medium for learning in a range of subject areas. Children apply the skills they have acquired discretely to acquire and present information in a broad range of multi-media contexts.
AIMS OF ICT
The aims of ICT are to enable children:
- to develop ICT capability in finding, selecting and using information in a discerning manner;
- to use ICT for effective and appropriate communication;
- to monitor and control events both real and imaginary;
- competently select and use a range of hardware and software to gather, produce, manipulate and analyse information;
- to develop skills of presentation and distribution of ideas e.g. typing and graphic design;
- to apply ICT skills and knowledge to their learning in all other areas of the curriculum;
- to use their ICT skills to develop their language and communication skills;
- to explore their attitudes towards ICT and its value to them and society in general;
- for example, to learn about issues of security, confidentiality and accuracy.