Our Curriculum Statement...
Technology is a very important aspect of our modern daily lives. Teachers at the Village Saints Partnership recognise how important it is in today's world that pupils should have a good knowledge and understanding of technology and how it can be used. Our teaching aims to:
- develop pupils' skills in using hardware and software
- develop their ability to use ICT to enhance communication and learning
- increase pupils' awareness of the potential and limitations of different forms of technology
The majority of the Computing curriculum is embedded within other areas of the curriculum, which enables pupils to see how the use of technology can be used in a wider context. Children are also taught coding for one half term a year as a set lesson. We have class sets of iPads or iPad Minis that are used regularly in class by pupils in Reception upwards. Each class is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, and recently this equipment has been added to our library and Ecolab. We also have a multi media system installed in the hall.
Pupils are also given the opportunity to use a variety of resources, including calculators, photocopiers, scanners, digital imaging equipment (video and photographic), audio equipment, and electronic microscopes.
Our aims across the Village Saints Partnership for Computing are:
- to stimulate and promote the use of Information and Communication Technology in order to support, enhance and extend learning opportunities
- to develop pupil's IT capability, including their knowledge and understanding of the importance of information and how to select and prepare it
- to teach coding as a specific curriculum area in accordance with the National Curriculum
- to use ICT as a tool to enhance teaching and learning throughout all curriculum areas
- to help both pupils and staff to develop confidence and competence to use ICT in a range of situations and contexts appropriate to the task
Information Communication Technology is constantly changing and through review and analysis, we aim to keep our curriculum relevant and exciting for pupils. We frequently change the curriculum we follow to reflect the advances seen in technology. This has meant access to a broader range of experiences for pupils, using software and web applications in new and interesting ways.
Safety and Security
All parents and children are asked to sign the ICT User Agreement, which clearly states expectations for pupils when using the internet as a resource at school. All children have access to the internet with supervision.
The Internet system is provided by the Norfolk County Council and is protected from unsuitable material by an accredited filter. In addition to this filtering, the school also has its own in-house system to monitor computer usage.
As part of the Computing curriculum, internet safety and security is taught to pupils in age-appropriate stages as they move through the school. We participate in Safer Internet Day each year and e-safety is always an important topic. Each half term, all classes deliver an e-safety PSHE lesson to continually support children in this area.
Click here for a useful web site about Internet safety information and child-friendly linked activities.
This website contains lots of information on e-safety for parents http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
The following files contain information about keeping your children safe online
Resources & Curriculum Links
Each class teacher produces a half-termly topic map. This often provides information about useful websites to support learning in the topic area studied. It is very helpful when parents support their child's learning by researching topics together at home.
In addition, you may find the following links helpful.