The school believes that Information Communication Technology (ICT) and computing:
- gives pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials.
- can present information in new ways which help pupils understand access and use it more readily.
- can motivate and enthuse pupils.
- can help pupils focus and concentrate.
- offers potential for effective group working.
- has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.
The use of ICT is an integral part of the national curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Lyne and Longcross C of E (Aided) Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively.
The school’s aims are to:
- provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils.
- meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for ICT and computing.
- use ICT and computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
- to respond to new developments in technology.
- to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their later life.
- to enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and computing.
- to develop the understanding of how to use ICT and computing safely and responsibly.
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Teaching and Learning
Lyne and Longcross C of E (Aided) Primary School use a scheme of work by iCompute. The scheme of work provides full statutory coverage for the new Primary Computing Curriculum 2014. Modules are planned in line with the national curriculum and allow for clear progression. Modules will be designed to enable pupils to achieve stated objectives. Pupil progress towards these objectives will be recorded by teachers as part of their class recording system. A copy of our whole school curriculum, can be found below.
Cross curricular links
As a staff we are all aware that ICT and computing capability should be achieved through core and foundation subjects. Where appropriate, ICT and computing should be incorporated into schemes of work for all subjects e.g composing and sending an e-mail in a English lesson.
Health and safety
The school is aware of the health and safety issues involved in children’s use of ICT and computing. All portable appliances are tested by a trained member of staff on a yearly basis. All fixed electrical appliances in school are tested by an LA contractor every five years and all portable electrical equipment in school is tested by an external contractor every twelve months. It is advised that staff should not bring their own electrical equipment in to school but if this is necessary, then the equipment must be pat tested before being used in school. This also applies to any equipment brought in to school by, for example, people running workshops, activities, etc. and it is the responsibility of the member of staff organising the workshop, etc. to advise those people. All staff should visually check electrical equipment before they use it and take any damaged equipment out of use. Damaged equipment should then be reported to the bursar who will arrange for repair or disposal and withdraw from use immediately.
- children should not put plugs into sockets or switch the sockets on.
- trailing leads should be made safe behind the equipment
- liquids must not be taken near the computers
- magnets must be kept away from all equipment
- safety guidelines in relation to IWBs will be displayed in the classrooms
- e-safety guidelines will be set out in the e-safety policy & AUP