Our core aims for ICT are to ensure that all children:
- Navigate a website successfully
- Use all technology efficiently and creatively
- Can touch type at a speedy pace
- Use ICT for effective and appropriate communication
- Understand what algorithms are
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of apps and programs
- Create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- Use search technologies effectively in order to research topics across the broader curriculum
- Understand how computer networks allow for communication and collaboration with the wider community
- Develop problem solving skills to debug programs
- Develop skills needed to participate in and contribute positively to an ever connected society now and in the future
- Develop a positive sense of self and interact ethically with the wider community online
We believe the following are key ingredients in developing computer literate students at Sayes Court: familiarising students with various technologies from an early age; teaching students to navigate and troubleshot a computer effectively; allowing students to use ICT for both research projects and creative projects; encouraging students to use ICT to present their schoolwork in various subjects to their teachers and peers; providing students with engaging resources that teach ICT skills such as coding.
What this looks like in practice:
- All children will have access to iPads from an early age and learn how to navigate them successfully.
- Student’s in older years will have access to a computer suite where they are first taught basic computer skills (should this be required for the individual) followed by more creative projects such as creating games and art.
- Students will be encouraged to use ICT to assist with projects across the curriculum, in ways such as researching and presenting their work.
- Different robotic devices will be rolled out throughout the school to all classes that encourage the development of coding skills at various difficulties.
Schemes, programme and resources used to support ICT:
- Beebots, Botley and Sphero Bolt Coding Robots
- Computer suite
- Switched on Computing Scheme?
The impact of our reading curriculum is as follows:
- Pupils will discover with awe and wonder the power of the digital age and reflect on the amazing advances in ICT today.
- They will have the ability to use ICT safely and ethically, and remain safe and vigilant online.
- They will be inspired to be creative and communicate their ideas in a variety of ways.â
SMSC in ICT:
ICT is key to developing SMSC and for many children their world view is influenced by their connection to the world via the internet. At Sayes Court ICT is used to develop SMSC across the curriculum.
Spiritual: Students will discover with awe and wonder the power of the digital age and reflect on the amazing advances in ICT today. They will reflect on how computers can now perform better than humans at many activities and how this will affect where they ‘fit’ within society.
Moral: Students will be taught to use ICT safety and ethically, and remain safe and vigilant online. Online safety will be taught explicitly once a year, and students will be reminded of this throughout all units. They will apply critical thinking to solve problems faced during their programming and coding tasks.
Social: Students will be given the opportunity to be creative and communicate their ideas in a variety of ways. They will be given the opportunity to present what they have created to the class, and wider community. They will create presentations based on their learning which will also be presented to their peers.
Cultural: Students will discuss how the internet has ‘connected’ the world and allowed us more access to other cultures. They will consider how the widespread use of ICT has changed our culture, particularly the use of social media. They will find that ICT has allowed us to cross cultural and language barriers, through the use of instant messaging and language translators.