ICT (principally but not exclusively computers) is used in many ways for the presentation, analysis and storage of information, but also to model, measure and control external events, to solve problems and to support learning in a variety of contexts, not least through the use of the Internet, across the whole curriculum.
ICT is important because its use is widespread in the modern technological world and is likely to continue to grow.
ICT skills are recognised as cross-curricular within the National Curriculum and their use is called for or assumed in all subjects except PE to support and enrich pupils' learning. It is also a knowledge and skills area in its own right. As in other areas of the curriculum we incorporate the requirements and recommendations of the National Curriculum into our planning and assessment at class, year and school level. At present, we are attempting to move away from teaching ICT as a discrete subject and moving more towards using it as a tool to enhance and improve our work in other curriculum areas through the teaching of appropriate and relevant skills as and when needed.
To help to prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technologies.
To enable pupils to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination.
To enable pupils to gain access to ideas, knowledge and experiences from a wide range of resources, people, communities and cultures.
To promote initiative and independent learning, enabling pupils to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to the best effect and to consider its implications for home and work, both now and in the future.
To facilitate cross curricular work.
To allow teachers to use ICT to provide efficient and effective systems for planning and for assessment, recording and reporting.
To provide teachers with the necessary hardware to use ICT as a teaching tool.
Strategies for the use of Information and Communication Technology
In order to ensure that valuable areas of experience are covered, ICT use is integrated into the curriculum followed throughout the school. Pupils will have experiences of a variety of software that allows teachers to provide for progression of skills, concepts and applications. Each year group have been given information regarding age appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills and are free to teach these in any way they deem suitable. This will enable them to incorporate ICT more easily into their existing topic work giving children a relevant, purposeful experience of using ICT to enhance their learning instead of preforming isolated and sometimes irrelevant tasks. Planning support is available for year groups from the ICT Co-ordinator.
Pupils will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in small groups, and will experience the frequent use of ICT in their own classrooms through use of school laptops. Pupils will become increasingly independent in their use of ICT and the choice of software required for any given curriculum activity. This aim should be kept in mind from the earliest contacts pupils have with computers, by informing them clearly why they are using a computer for a particular activity.
Excellence in Information and Communication Technology use is celebrated on the school website and in displays around the school, especially in the ICT Suite, of text, pictures, graphs and charts produced by pupils using computers as well as sharing videos, audio files that they have done on the school website.