Aim of the subject
Our aim is to produce learners who are capable and effective users of ICT who develop the confidence to use ICT throughout their later life.
At present we are following the QCA schemes of work and are adapting these where necessary to make effective cross curricular links.
Methods of assessment
The ICT teacher assesses module requirements with reference to boys’ knowledge, understanding and skills – these take the form of a short integrated assessed task. Samples of work are kept for each boy and these are either stored on the hard drive or as a hard copy in each boy’s ICT folder.
Each class in Y3, Y4 and Y5 receive 1 x 40 minute ICT lesson taught by the ICT teacher as well as other times that are directed by the class or other specialist teachers.
Emphasis on boy’s learning
Boys are encouraged to be active during ICT lessons and work one boy to each computer. They are encouraged to challenge themselves against the tasks set and against each other whenever appropriate.
To ensure continuity and progression meetings are to take place between the ICT coordinators at KS1, KS2 and KS3 to share recorded information.
Planning for the subject
Planning for ICT is carried out at three levels. Each year group has a long term plan which outlines the topics to be taught each year. Medium term planning gives specific tasks that are to be taught to satisfy the learning objectives and outcomes for each topic. Weekly and daily planning emphasis how these tasks are to be delivered. Opportunities are given for some boys to pursue more demanding work at a higher level whilst others are allowed tasks which allow them to consolidate skills where appropriate.
Gifted and talented
Enrichment/extension work is provided in all classes as part of normal differentiated provision. Differentiation provides activities requiring higher order thinking skills.
Support for learning
Learning opportunities are matched to the needs of boys with learning difficulties. In some instances the use of ICT has a considerable impact on the quality of work that children produce; it increases their confidence and motivation. When planning work in ICT, we can take into account the targets in the children’s Individual Education Plans (IEPs). The use of ICT can help children in achieving their targets and progressing in their learning.
Cross curricular links
Links are to be found in a range of other curriculum areas such as English (story writing, SuccessMaker and Star Spell), Maths (all areas of maths can be accessed through the relevant programs and websites), Art (both paint and object-based programs are accessed), Design Technology, Music (Capella), History, Geography, RE and PSE. Cross curricular ICT will also permeate all other areas of the curriculum through the use of Interactive whiteboards.