The use of Information and Communication Technology across the curriculum has the potential to transform and enrich pupils’ learning experiences and environments, 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 helping to empower pupils, develop self-esteem and promote positive attitudes to learning. 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. Additionally, the creative use of ICT has the potential to improve pupils’ thinking skills, providing them with opportunities to become independent, self-motivated and flexible learners.
Pupils should develop the skills of the cross-curricular subject, ‘Using ICT’ by engaging in meaningful research and purposeful activities set in relevant contexts.
In order for our children to achieve this, we follow the IT scheme ICompute. iCompute supports schools with primary computing schemes of work that provide full statutory coverage for the National Curriculum. It is a comprehensive primary computing curriculum designed for mastery. It provides structured, flexible, primary computing lesson plans and resources for each year and all the support and materials we need to confidently teach computing from EYFS.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
-can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
-can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
-can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
-are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.