Computing / ICT
Modern life increasingly requires us to be digitally literate. At Aylesham Primary School, we believe that it is essential that pupils are taught the foundations of the use of information and communication technology in order that they are equipped to use this effectively in everyday life in order to express themselves and develop their ideas through the use of IT. Pupils are taught the early principles of programming so that they are able to build on these skills in later life.
The use of information and communication technology and computing 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 Aylesham 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. Our school intends to make this provision possible by:
- Providing a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils.
- Meeting the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for ICT and computing.
- Using ICT and computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
- Responding to new developments in technology.
- Equipping pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their later life.
- Enhancing learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and computing.
- Developing the understanding of how to use ICT and computing safely and responsibly
- We use online resources to support the teaching of computing and follow a scheme of work designed to develop a range of skills across the primary age range.
We have a dedicated ICT technician that ensures all safety elements are being met. In addition he assists with the delivery of computing lessons and builds coding programmes for the pupils to access in their lessons. Our integrated curriculum feeds into computing well and we build upon this.
We want everybody to have access to the digital world and therefore offer sessions in school and after school for pupils to access our computers, laptops and tablets. They can be used for research purposes as well as Mathletics, Spellodrome and Skoolbo online programmes.
Online safety is becoming an increasingly important issue to children, parents and schools. There are some fantastic resources parents and children can use to help understand the issues and how to keep safe. See the links for more information. This year we are training up some pupils to become our ‘e-Safety’ warriors and they will support us with e-safety and promote the e-Safety rules.