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Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is concerned with the storage, processing, presentation and communication of information by electronic means. This includes the measurement, modelling and control of external events. ICT continues to evolve very quickly and has now become firmly entrenched in many aspects of everyday life, both at home and in the workplace.
As ICT underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability, that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. The use of ICT will also enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.
Aims of ICT
At Our Lady and Saint Peter RC Primary School our aims are that:
Children appreciate the relevance of ICT in our society and that they see it as an essential tool for learning, communication, finding information and for controlling and understanding their environment;
Present resource provision
The school has a large suite of 14 computers complete with enough pre-loaded software to deliver the ICT curriculum. Each machine has Internet access. The computer suite is also equipped with a projector and screen.
The school is working with a variety of computers in the classrooms. On average each class has 3 computers in class.
Each class also has an interactive whiteboard.
There are 9 laptops available for staff usage.
There are two laptop trolleys – one for Key Stage One and one for Key Stage Two each containing 15 laptops. Each of the trolleys enables the laptops to be connected to the Internet and the school network by wireless connection.
Both the Special Educational Needs Mobile and the Amber Room have interactive whiteboards and have wireless internet connection.
In addition to this, there is a variety of other ICT equipment in school including; Roamers, Beebots, tape recorders, CD player, radios, televisions, videos, headphones, Tuff Cameras, Digi Blue Cameras, sensors and detectors.
Each class has access to its own digital and video camera
A variety of software is available for all machines. This is catalogued and stored in the Y4 classroom with the software.
Any faults encountered are reported in the fault report booklet which is stored centrally in the school office. Faults are dealt with jointly by the ICT TA and J P consultancy.
To ensure that copyright laws are adhered to, staff, pupils and parents are not permitted to run software brought in from outside school on school machines.
An Internet and E Safety Policy has been developed in order to allow the safe and efficient use of the Internet for both staff and pupils in an educational context.
Present curricular plans
From September 2011 the ICT curriculum will be taught on a theme basis, focussing on teaching the children the skills required to access ICT in an ever changing society. Using themes will allow for a greater emphasis on progression across the key stages.
When planning each theme teachers will cover objectives and skills identified in the QCA schemes of work.
Staff confidence and expertise will be developed through training sessions provided by the ICT Co-ordinator, and external agencies.
Support will be given, where possible, with ICT planning and teaching by the ICT co-ordinator.
Interested parents have been involved in a basic skills training programme organised by the Family Learning Team during the course of this year.
Entitlement to the ICT curriculum
All children should have access to the use of ICT regardless of gender, race, cultural background or physical or sensory disability. Where use of a school computer proves difficult for a child because of a disability, the school provides specialist equipment and software to enable access. Children with learning difficulties can also be given greater access to the whole curriculum through the use of ICT. Their motivation can be heightened and they are able to improve the accuracy and presentation of their work. This in turn can raise self-esteem.
Planning for ICT in the early years needs to be considered carefully if children are to begin to gain confidence in the use of ICT as soon as they start attending Reception. A range of appropriate hardware, software and activities needs to be offered. The encouragement through small group teaching in ICT has encouraged the children to be more independent at this early age.
Health and Safety
Children should not be responsible for moving heavy equipment around the school. Children should not be given the responsibility of plugging in and switching machines on without a member of staff present.
Food and drink should not be consumed near ICT equipment.
It is the responsibility of staff to ensure that classroom ICT equipment is stored securely, cleaned regularly and that their class or themselves leave the ICT Suite clean and tidy after use.
Staff should ensure that the children are seated at the computers comfortably and be aware of the dangers of continuous use (e.g. eye/wrist strain etc).
An adult should always supervise children when they are accessing information via the Internet. The service provider does filter information but staff are ultimately responsible for information accessed by pupils.
All children in Key Stage Two know that if they are searching the Internet they need to use the schoolgrid website before accessing google.
Assessment and record keeping
On-going formative assessment is an integral part of good practice. Its main purpose is to enable the teacher to match work to the abilities and needs of the children and ensure progression in learning.
From September 2011 a new ICT assessment will be introduced. This will allow children from Year One through to Year 6 to use a software based programme to undertake various activities which will then be assessed and levelled. This will allow teachers to differentiate their ICT lessons to meet all the children’s abilities according to the assessment.
The children always save a copy of their work in their individual folders which are stored on the school network.
ICT work should be marked against the assessment criteria for the unit of work being covered.
Links to the school development plan
Staff training needs will be met by:
Review and evaluation procedures
The everyday use of ICT is developing rapidly, with new technology being produced all the time. This policy therefore will be reviewed and revised on a yearly basis.
The ICT Co-ordinator will liaise regularly with staff, both at staff meetings and informally, to monitor the effectiveness of the use of the new theme based ICT teaching as well as the new ICT assessment software.