ICT at St. Christopher’s is both studied as a subject in its own right and is also a valuable tool to support teaching and learning across the whole curriculum. The main aims of the unit are simple:
- To train staff with ICT skills to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
- To provide access to facilities throughout the school day and beyond.
- To equip children with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today’s world of information dependence.
- To encourage independent learning through safe and appropriate use of the internet and other computing devices.
Lessons begin from Reception where the children learn iPad control, mouse control and keyboard skills. The children are also introduced to various apps to consolidate their language, thinking and physical development.
As they progress through into KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2), they learn how to use a variety of apps and software packages to further develop their skills. Examples of areas of work covered include Slide Presentation, Spreadsheets, Microsoft word and basic coding.
In the four years of KS2 (Year 3 to Year 6), children are taught how to manage their own files and use facilities in a safe and efficient manner. The children are introduced to computer science through simple algorithms and coding. They are also taught the foundational skills of word- processing, Robotics, Computational Thinking, Computer Ethics, desktop publishing, presentation software, databases and safe and responsible use of the internet. These skills not only enable them to use computers across the curriculum, but also prepare them for Senior School where they develop the skills to a higher level.
All these lessons are taught within the children form class with iPads, apple TV screen share and the Interactive Whiteboard. Set if iPads and laptops integrate ICT skills to support the wider curriculum.
Children are assessed every half term. This is achieved by ensuring that time is spent on a one-to-one basis with each pupil as often as possible during the practical periods of a lesson. Enthusiasm for the subject, ability to answer questions on procedure, willingness to share skills with others and confidence at using IT, are all clues as to the progress each pupil is making. In turn, this has a direct effect on the effect on the maintenance of standards throughout KS2 and the broader curriculum at St. Christopher’s School.
SMART rules for online safety
It is vitally important that children know how to stay safe online. At school, we have strict controls on the websites children can visit if they are using any IT equipment. In addition, they are all taught online safety and the steps to take through our SMART rules.