At Willowbrook Mead, we aim for our children to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of ICT (information, communication and technology) becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future.
ICT is central to the curriculum and is integrated into a range of subjects. To aid this, the school is well resourced with Interactive Whiteboards in all teaching rooms, which allows us to create visually stimulating lessons and greater opportunities for interactive learning. In addition the school has class sets of laptops and iPads.
Our children are taught how to access information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs.
In addition to this, we dedicate two weeks each year to computer science where there is a key emphasis on learning skills for computing; these will include programming, debugging.
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.
In line with Naace and ‘Computing at School’ guidance, we have divided the curriculum into three core areas:
|Computer Science (CS)||Information Technology (IT)||Digital Literacy (DL)|
|“[children] are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming”.||building on their knowledge and understanding of Computer Science, pupils are “equipped to create programs, systems and a range of content”.||providing children with the ability to “use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a suitable level for the future workplace and active participants in a digital world”.|
Digital Literacy is a big part of the curriculum, with children learning how to use ICT safely – at regular points throughout the year children undertake online safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe.
We aim to keep our children safe online and also when using mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. We feel it is important to educate our children on the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology. We aim to educate our children to make the right decisions and keep themselves safe online.
At home, many children use computers to play games and learn. We want to encourage you to ensure children are supervised at all times at home, especially when accessing the internet.
These websites may be useful to you if you have any questions about your child’s safety online:
Miss C Goode