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ICT / Computer Science

Information and communication technology (ICT) prepares pupils to participate in rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology.

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Aims

Pupils will use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They will learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.

Pupils increased capability in the use of ICT promotes initiative and independent learning; with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future. It will result in ICT being used as an access to learning.

For some pupils ICT will access augmentative communication. This is particularly relevant for pupils who need to access and control their environments through the use of switching devices etc.

Teaching young people to be safe whilst using ICT equipment, especially on-line

Pupil will learn to keep safe online and manage social media in an appropriate way.

Content

Develop pupils’ ICT capability and understand the importance of information and how to select and prepare it.

Develop pupils’ skills in using hardware and software so as to enable them to manipulate information.

Develop pupils’ ability to apply ICT capability and ICT to support their use of language and communication.

Explore pupils’ attitudes towards ICT, its value for themselves, others and society, and their awareness of its advantages and limitations.

Method and Organisation

In Secondary, once a term a class will work on completing one or two units of work based on the Equals & QCA Schemes of Work. (This will be the objectives not necessarily the activities listed). In Primary pupils work on topic lead skills drawing from Equals and the QCA Scheme of Wotk.

Individual QCA, Equals units are used to form the basic medium term plans on which are highlighted: health and safety, SMSC, Key Skills, etc.

Adaptations are made to ensure the plan is progressive in developing pupil capability. These are used as working documents to identify time markers, additional resource needs and to indicate whether optional activities have been undertaken. Once a unit has been completed, the planning sheet will be evaluated by the co-ordinator and class teacher, to inform future planning.

In KS4 AQA Unit Award Scheme provides formalised qualification.

Individual machines in classrooms support the development of ICT capability by enabling further development of tasks from ICT room; encourage research and allow for the creative use of ICT in subjects. This is highlighted in the ICT plan and in subject plans.

Assessment

As the class teacher works through the scheme of work they will record progress through ‘B’ Squared and assess the children’s progress in the integrated task. This assessment will be used to support teaching and learning. Assessment will be based on QCA recommendations. This will include P Levels & ‘B’ Squared.

Evidence of pupil work is retained in portfolio where appropriate.

E-safety

Three Ways school has a comprehensive E-safety policy along with acceptable use policies for Parents, Students and school staff. Please read those in conjunction with this policy.

Dedicated lessons taught in 6th form and KS4.

Sound media and internet safety are taught to best prepare students to remain as safe as possible online both now and in the future.

Resources

It is proposed that equipment will be available to the pupils in a way that meets their curriculum needs.

A variety of strategies may be used, including single computers in classrooms, clusters, dedicated computer suites, laptop trolley, Plasma screen and learning resources based in libraries.

It is proposed to maintain and update the equipment as required and as specified in the school’s improvement plan.

Pupils may be assessed by request for their individual access requirements.

It is proposed to improve pupils’ access to electronic communications resources over a period of time to maximise the access to this important resource.

Maximum access to ICT resources will be achieved. This will link to any provision by the school of additional learning opportunities offered through out-of-school and cross-phase liaison.