We aim for our children to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of ICT (information, communication and technology) becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future.
Children in all Key Stages have access to a bank of over 25 Windows laptops and over 50 iPad minis, as well as another iPad per class. The children are taught using interactive whiteboards and numerous other technologies to immerse them an ever changing digital world.
Using ICT is about providing pupils with opportunities to acquire, develop, understand, demonstrate and apply ICT concepts and processes appropriately in
a variety of contexts across the curriculum. The focus on using ICT skills means that they should have opportunities to transfer their knowledge, understanding and skills in a range of meaningful contexts across the curriculum.
Our curriculum for using ICT is often described as the 5 ‘E’s: Explore, Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit.
Is about looking for, finding, choosing and using information. Pupils move from having resources provided for them to being more independent and discriminate users of ICT. Also it is about pupils using digital tools to investigate and solve problems.
Is about pupils being creative, developing and presenting their ideas using text, sound, music and still or moving images. It ranges from simple text, sound or pictures to developing a multimedia product.
Relates to communicating with others online to share and develop ideas. It can include sending and receiving emails, videoconferencing, contributing to online courses or using collaborative online tools.
Is about pupils reflecting on their process and outcome, thinking about how they carried out an activity and how they might improve on what they did. These activities often have a strong problem-solving focus.
Is about managing and showcasing work digitally. It ranges from pupils printing and saving their work to organising and maintaining digital files and folders.