The use of information and communication technology 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 St John the Baptist 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. We are committed to delivering the computing curriculum in a positive and creative way so that children become confident with its use and application across all areas of the school curriculum.
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.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
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.
We believe that if we deliver the computing curriculum in this way it will:
Give pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials.
Present information in new ways which in turn will help pupils understand access and use the technology rapidly and more effectively.
Motivate and enthuse pupils.
Help pupils to focus and concentrate.
Offer potential for effective group working.
Be flexible enough to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.
Curriculum coverage and progression
St John’s has recently begun to use the ‘switched on to computing’ scheme of work to ensure that the teaching of computing remains and continues to be effective and of high quality.
Early years and foundation stage
It is important in the foundation stage to give children a broad, play-based experience of ICT in a range of contexts, including outdoor play. ICT is not just about computers. Early years learning environments should feature ICT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in role play. Children gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the whiteboard or drive a remote-controlled toy. Outdoor exploration is an important aspect, supported by ICT toys such as metal detectors, controllable traffic lights and walkie-talkie sets. Recording devices can support children to develop their communication skills.
By the end of key stage 1 pupils should be taught to:
Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions.
Write and test simple programs.
Use logical reasoning to predict and computing the behaviour of simple programs.
Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats.
Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private, and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
By the end of key stage 2 pupils should be taught to:
Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs.
Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.
Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
ICT has been recognized by Ofsted as a strength of our school and we hold the ICT Mark.
Internet Access Policy
The school has a commitment to developing the use of the Internet to support pupils’ learning and enrich teaching. The Internet Access Policy is designed to safeguard all users.
Staff and pupils must access the system using their own username and password. Accessing other people’s files is not permitted. The history of Internet use is never deleted and this is periodically checked to ensure appropriate sites are being used.
Use of the Internet is supervised at all times within school; pupils should access the Internet only when a member of staff is present. No indiscriminate searching is allowed: all searches should be undertaken alongside a member of staff. The highest level of filtering system is in place but any teacher or pupil who accesses an unsuitable site must inform the ICT Manager,
who will in turn inform Stockton ICT Unit.
The school computers are only used for schoolwork and homework. All Internet activity should be appropriate to staff professional use.
Pupils can send and receive e-mail messages under the direct supervision of a member of staff. All e-mail messages will be polite and responsible.
Pupils are not allowed to give their home address or telephone number, or arrange to meet someone unless the contact has been established alongside a member of staff as part of their schoolwork such as an educational visit or charity event.