The ICT Curriculum at St Mary’s Primary school will teach children key knowledge about how computers and the computer system works, designed and are programmed. Learners will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.
By the time children leave St Mary’s, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology ( using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using tehcnology safely and respectfully)
The ICT curriculum is currently undergoing a period of review. A new long term plan has been drafted based on the Lancashire Plan and is currently in use. This will be supported by the development of medium term planning for each year group. ICT objectives are taught discreetly in a weekly ICT lesson, however there are opportunities for ICT to be used in other curriculum areas, e.g: graphing in maths and science or research for topic lessons such as English, RE, History or Geography. The school holds ICT safety weeks and ICT online safety work shops with parents.
The school has two sets of laptops for the children to use: 1 set for Key stage one and 1 set for Key stage 2. Each class also has a class ipad. There are a set of group tablets that can be used for ICT Skill’s lesson’s work or for interventions.
The school is reviewing the assessment of ICT skills. There have been few issues with children not being safe online. Children use their ICT skills in presentations – either in class or in Class liturgies.
Each February we learn about staying safe on the internet.
Find out more at www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/