Information Technology prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology.
Pupils use IT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information and learning responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ IT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
Increased capability in the use of IT promotes initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future. Creating capability is a key feature of our curriculum and we see our teachers as ‘facilitators,’ with our pupils proving themselves to be experts and leaders in many areas of ICT by the time they become our senior pupils.
During Years 3-6 pupils use a wider range of ICT tools and information sources to support their work in other subjects. They develop their research skills and decide what information is appropriate for their work. They begin to question the plausibility and quality of information and learn how to amend their work and present it in a way that suits its audience.
There is opportunity every year in our ICT curriculum to develop creative learning skills, for example, film making and stop frame animation is taught from Year 3 onwards, with pupils using this independently and at a proficient level.
We seek to evaluate new innovations in technology and their use within our school context to ensure our pupils are provided with the right kind of equipment for learning and keep in touch with developments in the technology sphere.
A rigorous E-Safety programme is reflected from Reception – Form 6; our pupils are well equipped to make sensible choices about their online safety as a result.