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Westmorland Primary School

Computing Policy

 

Aims

          Our aim is to produce learners who are confident and effective users of different technologies. We strive to achieve this aim by:

  • Helping all children to use technology with purpose and enjoyment.
  • Helping all children to develop the necessary computing skills.
  • Helping all children to evaluate the benefits of technology and its impact on society.
  • Helping children to make an informed choice of the most appropriate use of technology
  • Meeting the aims of the NC as fully as possible and helping all the children to achieve the highest possible standards of achievement they can.
  • Celebrating success in computing.

 

 

Teaching and Learning

 

At Westmorland, technology plays an important role in delivering content through our use of interactive whiteboards, iPads and networked computers.

We also teach discrete computing skills and these show progression through the school, linked to the software and apps available, and the NC requirements.

All pupils have supervised, purposeful access to the Internet. Pupils use technology throughout school mixing the use of laptops, desktop machines and iPads. Each class is timetabled for 1 session per week. The laptops and iPads are available to be booked out in blocks across the day.

 

Scheme of work

 

Computing is taught using a scheme of work for all age groups from Year 1 to Year 6. This reflects the skills that children need to use in the real world and is linked to the National Curriculum. Each year, a Coding Week is held in the Autumn term to promote the need for programmers of the future.

 

Assessment Guidelines

 

Computing skills are assessed on an ongoing basis using a tick sheet system. The assessments reflect skills learnt in each Key Stage.

 

Foundation Stage

 

Children begin to develop and explore technology and computing skills from when they enter the school as part of the foundation stage. Early years ICT includes a range of skills and awareness that can be transferred to other areas in life such as cognitive, co-ordination, literacy and numeracy skills and focuses on finding out, identifying and exploring the uses of everyday technology such as office equipment, music keyboards, alarms and programmable toys as well as hands on computer time.

 

 

 

Monitoring and evaluation

 

Planning is monitored  by the Computing Co-ordinator when requested by the Senior Management Team.

Work within the children’s areas on the network is available all year round.

 

Professional development

 

All teaching staff have been trained on how to appropriately use the interactive whiteboards.  In addition, teaching staff have access to laptops and iPads to enable them to develop their own  skills and produce high quality resources. Teachers regularly use the Internet for new ideas for teaching and to keep them up-to-date with new developments in education. Teachers are kept informed of the courses available via Learning Leads. Whole school training by external providers is used as needed.

 

Management/Governors

 

The Senior Management Team works in co-operation with the Governors to set the annual budget. They are responsible for ensuring that Action plans are implemented. The Governors are kept informed of developments through regular meetings and reports.

 

S.E.N

 

As a staff, we wish to ensure that the relevant parts of the curriculum are accessible to all. Teachers differentiate by task and support in order that children with special educational needs, including gifted and talented children, can reach their full potential.

 

Equal Opportunities

 

At Westmorland, we are keen to ensure that all children are treated equally regardless of race, religion, gender, social background or ability as much as their individual needs allow it.

 

 

Resources

 

All software is stored on the server and can be accessed when needed. Most hardware resources are stored centrally in the suite. Each class teacher has a class iPad..  Each class have a visualiser.  Items that are needed to deliver the control aspects of the curriculum are kept in the cupboards inside the suite.

 

Review

 

This policy will be reviewed annually. It is the responsibility of the ICT coordinator to write it.

 

                                      S.Beckingham

                                       (updated August 2016)

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