At Tyntesfield Primary, ICT not only represents a new requirement- preparing our pupils for a society in which technology is pervasive and ever advancing- but also offers a significant opportunity for both enhancing and enriching the educative process itself.
For education, ICT represents a new requirement - we need to prepare our young people for a society in which such technology will be pervasive - but it also offers a major opportunity for enhancing and enriching the educative process itself.
ICT is used to enhance the quality of teaching and learning throughout the curriculum. In this way, far from tying us to a keyboard and screen, ICT has the potential to expand the mind and fire the imagination. We have a range of technology, including laptops, iPads, sensors, data loggers, interactive boards and more, that enable us to effectively and engagingly teach the Computing curriculum. These are regularly used to help children become familiar, confident and safe within the ever changing world of technology. ICT not only supports the development of key skills in STEM subjects (Maths, Science, Design and Technology), but also in nurturing skills of communication, problem solving, information handling, social and interpersonal skills and independent learning.
The National Curriculum includes;
• Online Safety: the responsible, safe and critical use of technology.
• Digital Literacy: the creative, confident, competent use of technology.
• Information Technology: the understanding of how technology works and the ability to apply technology to solve problems.
• Computer Science: the understanding, analysis and application of concepts including abstraction, algorithms, logic and data representation.
ICT contributes significantly to the quality of teaching and learning. It supports, enhances and enriches the whole curriculum in a unique way. ICTsupports the development of key skills in areas such as literacy, Numeracy, communication, problem solving, information handling, social and interpersonal skills and independent learning.
ICT curriculum includes:
• Communication: the handling of text, images, music and multimedia through software and equipment.
• Handling Information: handling data through various software packages and the Internet.
• Control: using programmable devices (for example, the Beebot or ProBot) and a programming language, such as Logo.
• Modelling: using ICT tools to explore imaginary situations, ask questions and make decisions.
• Data logging: using equipment and various sensors to record data in our environment.
Pupils very much enjoy coming to school... They feel safe in the stimulating environment into which they are warmly welcomed... One pupil stated that, ‘You can be yourself here.’