Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the study and use of systems that handle information electronically. Computers are the most obvious of these but ICT also includes telephones, programmable robots, digital cameras, calculators and video cameras etc. Lady Barn recognises that ICT is an integral part of life and learning. The purpose of ICT in the school curriculum is to enable children to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them to make effective use of ICT. A useful concept is that of ICT Capability.
ICT capability is an ability to effectively use ICT tools and information sources to analyse, process and present information, and to model, measure and control external events. This involves: using information sources and ICT tools to solve problems; using ICT tools and information sources, such as computer systems and software packages, to support learning in a variety of contexts; understanding the implications of ICT for working life and society.
Children have a weekly ICT lesson, taught by a specialist, from Kindergarten age. Our lessons cover everything from the first steps in the nursery of holding and clicking the mouse to using keyboards, pictures and graphs, using the internet to find and interpret information, combining text and graphics, databases, spreadsheets, analysing data and evaluating information. By Year Six the pupils will be making multimedia presentations and writing simple interactive programs. Internet safety is taught throughout the school and reinforced in both ICT and PSHE lessons.
Every classroom and associated teaching areas have a computer and interactive whiteboard linked to the school intranet and internet. There is a dedicated ICT suite with 22 computers, an interactive whiteboard along with printers, scanners and programmable robots. All children also have access to sets if iPads linked to the school network. The music room also has a suite of computers with the latest music notation software.
Supervised Internet Club runs at lunch times and during after school care where pupils can use the facilities for research, for homework and for coursework. Internet gaming is also allowed through our content-protected internet connection to make sure that our users are always safe online.
Mr T Prendergast – Head of ICT