Westmorland Primary School
Our aim is to produce learners who are confident and effective users of different technologies. We strive to achieve this aim by:
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.
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.
Computing skills are assessed on an ongoing basis using a tick sheet system. The assessments reflect skills learnt in each Key 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This policy will be reviewed annually. It is the responsibility of the ICT coordinator to write it.
(updated August 2016)