ICT

In Computing children at Stonehouse Park are entitled to:

  • Learn computing skills to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination
  • Pupils will have hands on experience when working on their own, in pairs and in small groups.
  • Use Computing skills to support English, Maths and Science.
  • Find things out
  • Exchange and share information
  • Develop ideas and make things happen
  • Review, modify and evaluate work
  • Participate in the modern world
  • Enable the pupils to gain access to ideas and experiences to support their learning throughout the curriculum.

We have a Computer room with 15 workstations.

Each class has timetabled sessions each week. The children also have access to programmable robots, tape recorders, listening centres, cameras and Interactive Whiteboards.  All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and digital cameras.

The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 1 and 2.

Children will be taught to:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
  • Create and debug simple programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about material on the internet or other online technologies.

Individual children should develop ICT capabilities through a range of curriculum activities.

Our ICT policy aims to:

  • Develop children’s knowledge of how to behave and stay safe online.
  • Encourage the staff and the individual child to use a range of ICT resources in the core and foundation subjects, in a cross-curricular thematic approach
  • Develop the self-confidence and esteem of the child in the use of ICT
  • Broaden each child’s understanding of the effects of the use of ICT
  • Encourage a flexibility among the staff and children to take advantage of future developments in ICT
  • Enable each child to become familiar with all ICT tools available in school
  • Prepare pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world and to promote initiative and independent learning
  • Enable each child to take a greater responsibility for his/her own learning
  • Give the individual child access to new experiences and technologies
  • Enable the individual child to focus on the skills of analysis, evaluation prediction and hypothesis in problem solving activities involving ICT
  • Allow all children, the opportunity to develop their own ICT capabilities

The Teaching and Learning of ICT Skills

  • Each child should have access to a range of technology on a regular basis.
  • As a school, we plan to ensure that ICT capability shows progression and is delivered across the curriculum in Years 1 and 2. The Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception reflects the early learning goals in Knowledge and Understanding of the World.

The ICT curriculum can be divided into six categories:

  • E-Safety –The children will learn how to use technology safely and respectfully and how keeping personal information private. They will be able to identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
  • Coding- Children will be introduced to coding using several different software programs and through different devices. They will learn that through inputting specific instructions (algorithms) they can decide and control what happens in the program. They will be able to debug programs and begin to create games of their own.
  • Working with text/pictures – Children will be able to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. Children will be able to create a picture and piece of text using different software developing skills required.
  • Using the internet– Children will be shown how to safely find information and pictures from a variety of sources to support and enhance their work and understanding of the world.