You can email through your TV, surf the internet on your mobile phone, even do the weekly shop from the comfort of your own home via your PC; modern technology is changing the way we live and work. Our children need to learn how to manage it all – to get hold of information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs. That’s where their information and communication technology (ICT) lessons come in! By using laptops and interactive whiteboards in the classroom, the children learn how to safely navigate the internet and communicate through emails, develop digital photography skills, use sound and video recording equipment and access a wide variety of software. We have 6 interactive whiteboards throughout the school, along with digital microscopes, sensor equipment, digital cameras, voice recorders and kindles, to name but a few available resources to ensure that ICT can be used as a learning tool throughout the curriculum.
Staying safe when using technology is vitally important. E-safety is taught throughout the year and children are aware of the procedures that are in place, in order to ensure they are safe when online. We aspire for our children to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We hope to develop a culture where the use of ICT becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances in their futures.
Foundation Stage pupils have the opportunity to use computers from the day they start school. They play games, listen to stories and support their early learning through a variety of programs and experiences. They quickly learn how to use equipment and programs safely and sensibly.
Over the years, pupils will develop skills in ICT that will provide them with skills for life. They will investigate ways to research and handle statistical information. They will use simple programming, design control and animation tools to develop independence skills and techniques. Overall the children have a wide experience of Information Technology and have the opportunity to learn and develop their computer knowledge, understanding and skills at their own level thus becoming increasingly independent and innovative.
The school has 35 laptop computers for pupil use which enables the pupils to have sole access to a computer for at least one session a week and for the teacher to illustrate clearly to the pupils how a process or piece of software can be accessed and used in their work.
Click here for CEOP guidance on E-Safety which you may find useful.