Technology is forever changing. We try to teach the skills our children need, not just open files and edit them for their schoolwork, but to investigate for themselves the different tools and buttons and to explore the pathways they lead to. In KS1 children progress from using simple websites and becoming familiar (if they're not already!) with how the computers function, to eventually producing wonderful presentations with pictures, words, sounds and animations by the end of KS2. Our children use a range of ICT equipment in all types of lessons, perhaps it may be a digital camera or a sound-measuring data logger in science. They are familiar using laptops as well as mini ipads in a range of lessons and outdoor learning environments. We like to give children opportunities to produce all kinds of presentations; Movie making for a literacy project; animations of a science explanation; green-screening for a history report to name but a few. The children are utilising different apps to enrich their learning. We also teach children of all ages how to code, using a range of programs, with Scratch and Scratch Junior being the most popular. All the children are taught about being safe and responsible with equipment. They are also taught how to be safe when using the internet and what to do if bad things start to happen online, particularly with social media. Our school websites are filtered to block inappropriate websites. By the time our children leave school in year 6, they are more than ready for the further skills ahead of them and become problem solvers in their own right.
We follow guides and planning from the National Curriculum. This is freely available to view online, where you will find more specific details. If you would like to know more about ICT in our school, please contact me at anytime.
Miss Taft (Y5 class teacher)