In a world where the computing landscape changes daily we try to ensure we stay up to date. We currently have a very small bank of laptops and 18 ipads. We use these for specific skills and knowledge lessons and to support lessons across the curriculum.
We are supported in developing our IT provision by Fulston Manor secondary school and have an on going development program in place as of 2020.
During the times of Covid we use both Teams and Tapestry as appropriate to support remote learning, enabling the children to have a variety of ways of accessing and reporting their work. All children have 365 email addresses and can access Microsoft Office through this.
E-safety is an on going conversation with the children, at the start and throughout lessons. We also have focus weeks that tie in with National awareness and the first term of each year has a focus on how to keep yourself safe on-line.
As part of our E-safety curriculum we have a range of appropriate user access protocols which children and parents sign in the September of each year.
Our internet is filtered by EIS and we have requested additional sites to be added to the lists.
Thanks to donations from 'The Norton Trust' and Altrad and their suppliers during Covid, we have been able to update our hardware provision, enabling us to support in school learning as well as remote learning.
The school's main hardware are a bank of 26 ipads which are around the school and a set of 16 new laptops (2021).
The curriculum is divided in to 4 progressions with the teaching of each area varying per year group with some areas being covered primarily in KS1 and others primarily in KS2.
EYFS: “Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.”
KS1: “Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital
devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.”
KS2: “Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling
or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
We consistently update our curriculum in line with developments online and advice.
EYFS: “All schools are required to have regard to the government’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance.”
KS1: “Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.”
KS2: “Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Early Years: Children can identify key components of a PC and can save their work on a word document.
KS1: Children can recognise common uses of information technology in the home and school environment, and can use technology purposefully to create digital content.
KS2: Children can Independently select, use and combine a variety of software to design and create content for a given audience, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
Using technology in the wider world
Lower KS2: Children will use and understand simple search technologies. Understand how results are selected and ranked by search engines, recognising that some sources are more reliable than others.
Children will have a basic understanding of what servers are and how they provide services to a network and that computer networks enable the sharing of data and information. They will recognise familiar forms of input and output devices and how they are used.
Upper KS2: Children will use filters in search technologies effectively and be increasingly discerning when evaluating digital content.
As part of our online provision we have had to set up several protocols and systems to keep us all learning and safe.
We offer 1-1 reading sessions, Catch up sessions and whole class assemblies as part of our live provision and have provided all children with a 365 email address and access to Tapestry and Teams.
We also do regular drop offs to provide additional resources and to keep in touch.