Information and Communication Technology is an integral part of the curriculum and computers are used to enhance and extend learning in many subjects. In addition, opportunities for learning discrete ICT skills are built into the timetable and the children have access to a full and varied range of software. Our School has an ICT suite with enough computers for every child in the class, as well as a bank of laptops for use in key stage 2 classrooms. Interactive Whiteboards are located in all classrooms and we have access to other hardware facilities such as digital cameras and control equipment. Internet access is carefully planned and monitored by staff. Parents will be asked to sign our Internet Policy. With the growing use of social media the school also teaches E-safety throughout the school.
During the summer term Reception children are introduced to the ICT suite where they learn basic keyboard and mouse skills. They use programs such as Espresso to aid learning in other areas of the curriculum. In E-safety children are reminded about what to do if they see something that worries them on the computer.
Year 1 children build on their experience in Reception by learning to type words and their name. They are encouraged to use ICT to create and answer questions about graphs and begin to understand the importance of E-safety through cartoons. Children begin to create pictures.
Children are encouraged to start to type sentences skills such as using spaces and editing text are introduced to the children. They create slide shows to tell stories and learn the importance of not putting personal information on the Internet in E-safety.
Year 3 children are now beginning to write sentences and add words and punctuation to further embed literacy skills. Children may add images to their work to make it more exciting and think about the audience they are writing for. Children spend time writing emails to each other and adding attachments.
Children are now learning to write stories and create graphs using spreadsheets. They create graphs such as pie charts and line graphs. Children are now learning how to use the Internet for research and using their skills to find out facts and information about their Topics.
Children are learning how to compare different graphs and create calculations within a spreadsheet. They are now using software to create presentations about their topic. They are now being encouraged to combine different skills and software to reach a final ICT solution. Children are taught to use blogs and chartrooms safely.
Year 6 children learn how to use a variety of software to present ICT solutions. They use hyperlinks in slide show presentations to create games and use websites safety to help with end of year revision. Children are encouraged to create posters to inform other children about how to use the Internet safely.
Alongside these lessons in the ICT suite children have access to computers in the classroom where they use software to help with other areas of the curriculum. They use ICT to complete accelerated reading quizes.