Intention, Vision and Aims of our Computing education
We endeavor to ensure that all staff and pupils have the opportunity to develop their potential through the safe and effective use of Computing and Information and Communication Technology across the curriculum and in the management of the school. ICT is given high priority in the current school development plan.
We recognise that the development of ICT is changing at home and in the community. Its impact on the life of individuals continues to grow and it is essential that our pupils can take advantage of its opportunities and understand its effects. As well as being an important curriculum requirement, we believe that the ability to use ICT effectively is a vital skill in modern society.
The National Curriculum Orders require ICT to be used in all subjects where appropriate, consequently the use of ICT is promoted within all subjects as well as being a subject in its own right. ICT is a cross curricular competence which is concerned with the acquisition, storage, manipulation, interpretation and telecommunication of information; and involves creating, collecting, organising, storing, processing and presenting information for specific purposes by electronic means.
Teaching and learning
We strive to achieve our vision for pupils by:
- Using ICT where possible to enhance children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum.
- Introducing the children to a wide range of ICT applications and ICT tools, such as word processing, internet searches, databases, graphics, and software for control technology and processing sound and pictures.
- Helping pupils acquire the skills to use appropriate ICT tools safely, effectively, with purpose and enjoyment.
- Equipping pupils with the knowledge of the uses, effects and limitations of ICT, and enabling them to evaluate the benefits of ICT and its impact on society.
- Helping children to become autonomous users of ICT.
- Helping all children to achieve the highest standards of achievement, regardless of gender or background.
- Encouraging pupils to take advantage of a wide variety of opportunities to make informed judgments about ICT applications and their effects.
- Enabling children to take greater responsibility for their own learning and begin to provide opportunities for them to decide when it is appropriate to use ICT in their work.
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
All children regardless of race, gender or ability have equal access to ICT in order to develop their personal ICT capability. Through careful planning, monitoring and assessment we ensure that all our pupils:
- have equal access to ICT resources;
- have equal opportunities to develop ICT capability;
- use software which is appropriate to their age and ability.
E-safety is an integral part of safeguarding and this applies to pupils’ use of computers and ICT and the internet as much as safety in the playground. But it can be difficult to know what the risks are or when pupils are at risk. While children may be confident and enthusiastic about ICT, we recognise that they have little understanding about the risks. Until they develop the digital literacy skills to assess these risks, we have put measures in place to keep them safe from harmful images, content or websites and unsuitable uploaded content. Please see the E-Safety policy for more details.