Aims & Objectives

Aims

 

The school’s aims are to:

 

  • Possess suitable hardware and software to teach ICT effectively.

  • Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils.

  • Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for ICT and    computing.

  • Use ICT and computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.

  • To equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their later life.

  • To enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and computing.

  • To develop the understanding of how to use ICT and computing safely and responsibly.

 

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

 

  •  can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication

  •  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.

Resources

At present we have a requirement to update hardware and software.  A laptop trolleys is available however it is in need of replacement. Teachers have access to a class laptop and iPad. All computers around the school are networked and have Internet access. We keep resources for ICT and computing, including software, in a central store. Interactive Whiteboards are available for all children to access daily. Four new interactive televisions have been ordered for class rooms.

 

 

Assessment & Record Keeping

Teachers regularly assess capability through observations and looking at completed work. Key objectives to be assessed are taken from the national curriculum to assess key ICT and computing skills each term. It should be process orientated - reviewing the way that techniques and skills are applied purposefully by pupils to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of ICT and computing. Assessment can be formative carried out during and following short focused tasks and activities. Summative assessment should review pupils' capability and provide a best fit level.

 

We assess the children’s work in ICT and computing by making informal judgements as we observe the children during lessons. Once the children complete a unit of work, we make a summary judgement of the work for each pupil as to whether they have yet to obtain, obtained or exceeded the expectations of the unit. On completion of each unit of work an example of the integrated task for each ability group is printed and annotated and placed in the Portfolio of Children’s Work for which the ICT subject leader is responsible. This demonstrates the expected level of achievement in ICT for each age group in the school.

Security

  • The ICT and computing technician /coordinator will be responsible for regularly updating anti-virus software.

  • Use of ICT and computing will be in line with the school’s ‘acceptable use policy’. All staff must sign a copy of the schools policy annually.

  • Children and parents sign a ‘Responsible internet access and ICT use for pupils’ form when they enter the school in Year 3.

  • Parents will be made aware of the ‘acceptable use policy’ at school entry.

  • All pupils and parents will be aware of the school rules for responsible use of ICT and computing and the internet and will understand the consequence of any misuse.

  • The agreed rules for safe and responsible use of ICT and computing and the internet will be displayed in all ICT and computing areas.

  • The rules of e-safety are displayed where any child can access the internet. If a child breaks these rules, they will be denied internet access for a period of time after which the situation will be reviewed.

 

Objectives

 

By the end of key stage 2 pupils should be taught to:

 

  • Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs

  • Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

  • Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.

Planning

As the school develops its resources and expertise to deliver the ICT and computing curriculum, modules will be planned in line with the national curriculum and will allow for clear progression. Modules will be designed to enable pupils to achieve stated objectives. Staff will follow medium term plans with objectives set out in the national curriculum.

Monitoring & Reviewing

The monitoring of the standards of the children’s work and of the quality of teaching in ICT and computing is the responsibility of the ICT and computing subject leader. The ICT and computing subject leader is also responsible for supporting colleagues in the teaching of ICT and computing, for keeping informed about current developments in the subject and for providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the school. The ICT and computing subject leader gives the head teacher an annual summary report in which s/he evaluates the strengths and weaknesses in the subject and indicates areas for further improvement. The ICT and computing subject leader has specially-allocated time for carrying out the vital task of reviewing samples of the children’s work and for visiting classes to observe the teaching of ICT and computing.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety

The school is aware of the health and safety issues involved in children’s use of ICT and computing. An electrical inspection is carried out in school every five years by Quantec on behalf of Staffordshire County Council. Portable electrical equipment in school is tested by the site manager every twelve months. It is advised that staff should not bring their own electrical equipment in to school but if this is necessary, then the equipment must be PAT tested before being used in school. This also applies to any equipment brought in to school by, for example, people running workshops, activities, etc. and it is the responsibility of the member of staff organising the workshop, etc. to advise those people. All staff should visually check electrical equipment before they use it and take any damaged equipment out of use. Damaged equipment should then be reported to the ICT technicians.

 

  • children should not put plug into sockets or switch the sockets on.

  • trailing leads should be made safe behind the equipment

  • liquids must not be taken near the computers

  • safety guidelines in relation to IWBs will be displayed in the classrooms

  • e-safety guidelines will be set out in the e-safety policy & AUP

 

 

Parental Involvement

Training

Parents are encouraged to support the implementation of ICT and computing where possible by encouraging use of ICT and computing skills at home during home-learning tasks and through the school website. They will be made aware of e-safety and encouraged to promote this at home.

All staff, including managerial and administrative staff, receives support from the subject leader or technicians and, where necessary, external training in hardware or software which they are expected to use to carry out their role.

 

 

 

Roles & Responsibilities

IT Technician

Leader for ICT and Computing

The subject leader is responsible for providing professional leadership and management of computing within the school. They will monitor standards to ensure high quality teaching, effective use of resources and improved standards of learning and achievement. This will include observation of lessons and scrutiny of the pupils' work. They will collect, analyse and distribute, where applicable, information relating to the subject to the relevant people.

 

Class Teachers

It is the responsibility of each class teacher to ensure that their class is taught all elements of the ICT curriculum as set out in the national curriculum programme of study.

 

All staff

It is the responsibility of all staff to make themselves aware of legislation relating to the use of ICT and computing, including copyright and data protection issues.

Inclusive Teaching of ICT

At Saint Nathaniel’s Academy we teach ICT and computing to all children, whatever their ability, age, gender or race. ICT and computing forms part of our school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education for all children.

 

Teachers identify children who are gifted and talented in the area of ICT and computing. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that these children are suitably challenged in their use of ICT and computing both in specific ICT and computing lessons and in using ICT in other curriculum areas. Opportunities are identified for these children to actively participate in more challenging aspects of ICT and computing.

 

The school employs an ICT Technicians whose specific roles relate to the provision of support in ICT. This support takes a variety of forms, including:

 

  • supporting lessons using ICT equipment;

  • dealing with technical queries relating to software and hardware;

  • carrying out rudimentary and routine maintenance and repairs of hardware 

  • purchasing and updating equipment

  • supporting teachers in the use of ICT in other curriculum areas;

  • supporting admin staff with the use of ICT within their roles

  • planning, organising and running lunchtime and after school clubs.

  • Maintaining and updating school-related pages on the school website: www.saintnathaniels.org.uk

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Saint Nathaniel's Academy is operated by St Bart’s Multi Academy Trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 8735454. Registered Office: Belgrave St Bartholomews Academy, Sussex Place, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 4TP.