ICT is a language that pupils can learn which can be used across the learning spectrum.
Our aim is for all pupils to:
- Be able to identify and solve problems using appropriate Information Communication and Technology.
- Be equipped for life in an economical and technological world.
- Be prepared for future citizenship, understanding the advantages, disadvantages and dangers of varying forms of communications.
- Be able to interact with peers and staff to disseminate new and upcoming developments in the fast moving world of media and communications.
- To make a safe choice when faced with new opportunities.
The continued advances in Information Communication Technology (ICT) development have led to fundamental changes in the way that we deliver the school curriculum.
By adopting a cross-curricular approach in our delivery of our children’s ICT capability, we ensure that ICT is used to extend and enhance the quality of learning in all subject areas of the National Curriculum. We regard ICT as an invaluable learning tool to both children and teachers alike, and our main aim is to promote and develop our children’s ICT capability through a wide range of structured, informal and open-ended activities. In July 2007 we gained the BECTA I.C.T. mark, reflecting the excellence of our approach to this technology. We were reaccredited with the ICT Mark in 2011, and are now in the process of reapplying.
Pupils receive weekly direct tuition in the use of I.C.T., which has become one of the most important tools of modern life, and learn to access the invaluable resource of the Internet in a strictly controlled way.
Our purpose built ICT room houses 31 computers.
We also have further access to computers in other areas of the school, with a total of 84 computers currently available for pupils to use. Pupils can now access the School’s network from home in order to carry on with their work.
Typical activities supported are:
- Word Processing
- Desktop Publishing
- Music Composition
- Data Handling
- Simple Control Systems
- Touch typing
We are also able to support the latest exciting Internet and Multimedia developments. All teaching areas are equipped with interactive whiteboards. We want our children to see ICT as a very useful and enjoyable resource.
The Internet is a wonderful tool and for teachers it has enabled us to bring the world into our classrooms as well as helping pupils with research and learning new skills.
Unfortunately it has its pitfalls and as a school we are greatly aware of the dangers. The Internet can be described like a huge playground where pupils can get hurt. In order to make the children become wise and responsible of their actions when using the World Wide Web, we have incorporated E-safety learning into our curriculum. Over the last two years, Years 5 and 7 have had a half term of lessons, guidance and advice within their ICT lessons exploring the advantages and disadvantages of areas like social networking, chatrooms, texting and playing games on-line whilst Year 6 pupils revisit the topic as part of the scheme of work. During PSHE pupils have had the chance to discuss e-safety. The School Council has signed an “Acceptable Use Policy” on the behalf of their peers which lists possible sanctions for misusing the Internet as well as ICT equipment within school. This contract has been feedback to form groups and displayed in each class as a reminder of good behaviour when surfing the Internet.
In common with other media such as magazines, books and video, some material available via the Internet is unsuitable for pupils. The school does take all reasonable precautions to ensure that users access only appropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. Neither the school nor Worcestershire County Council can accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access. Methods to identify, assess and minimise risks is reviewed regularly.
The Headteacher and the ICT Co-ordinator ensure that the Internet policy is implemented and compliance with the policy monitored. The school gained the 360 degree E-safety award in 2011, and were reaccredited in December 2014.
As a school we endeavour to keep our pupils safe from Internet dangers as much as possible although once out of the school we cannot be responsible for any of the incidents taking place at home. Do talk to your children about what they are accessing and which sites they visit and if it is appropriate to their age group. If you have any concerns please report it to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) at www.CEOP.gov.uk.