“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other” -Bill Gates
Computers are used as tools to handle information and communicate. It is vital that all students gain confidence and competence in using ICT to prepare them for present and later life. The use of ICT can also enhance and extend a child’s learning across all curriculum areas. When students use ICT they are obtaining a set of skills that are required for the routines of life and work and for pleasure and creativity in the future.
ICT allows children to:
- Draft and redraft their work with less effort that with pencil and paper;
- Combine words and images to produce a professional looking piece of work;
- Test out ideas and present them in different ways to various audiences;
- Investigate and make changes in computer models and see what happens as a result;
- Store and handle large amounts of information in different ways;
- Do things quickly and easily that would have been time consuming and tedious if done by hand;
- Experience, through simulations, things that would be difficult or dangerous for them to attempt in real life; and,
- Communicate with others over a distance via email or the Internet.
The ICT Curriculum is organised by teaching new skills, which progressively build upon each other, each week. The predominant mode of working in ICT is whole class teaching in the Computer room, and pair and individual work is used where appropriate in the classroom.
In Transition and Reception, the children all receive one ICT lesson per week, with their class teacher. At this age, the children are becoming more familiar with the layout of the keyboard and are becoming more independent when performing simple tasks such as using the mouse and typing simple words.
From Year One upwards, the children all receive one ICT lesson per week, with the specialist ICT teacher. The children are encouraged to become independent users. They develop skills in mouse control, databases and Year Two participate in a touch-typing program. All of the children are encouraged to practise their touch-typing at home on a regular basis. This is an important skill which can then be used across all curriculum areas.
In Year Three and Four, the children are all strongly encouraged to touch-type and are expected to have reached fluency by Year Four. Children are encouraged to try and solve problems themselves before asking for assistance. By Year Five and Six, children can also gain practice by typing some of their homework assignments and use the interactive whiteboards regularly.
In Year Seven the pupils continue to receive one specialist ICT lesson per week and as they reach Common Entrance level ICT is integrated throughout curriculum areas. The children are expected to be touch-typing fluently and will be expected to use various computer programs to produce their homework and other projects. The Internet will become an increasingly important research tool and the children are expected to use this, with supervision. There is no 13+ Common Entrance Examination set for this subject.
The students are encouraged to use their home computers where appropriate, to assist with their homework in all other curriculum areas and for research on the Internet. No formal ICT homework is set in Key Stages 1 and 2, however, in Key Stage 3 there may be some homework at various times.
Assessment is done primarily through observation and is an ongoing process. Student’s work in ICT is assessed during each unit of work in line with the Scheme of Work.
The three computer suites are used by all classes during a variety of subject lessons. Interactive whiteboards are in all classrooms from Transition upwards.