Information Technology (I.T.) plays an ever increasing part in our lives today. Pupils are often adept, confident and active in today’s digital world. We aim to develop and encourage this digital literacy so that the pupils can use IT to develop ideas and to communicate.
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity, including by making links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work. Computing equips pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media. It also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world”. (DFE)
I.T. is integrated across and within all subject areas. There are many programs that enable us to introduce pupils to word processing, data handling, simulations, data logging, spread sheets, control technology at the appropriate levels. During ‘coding’ lessons they will learn to design, write and debug programs, to understand networks and search effectively. They will use many Apps to enhance their learning across the curriculum.
Above all, we want our pupils to use I.T. responsibly and safely. Regular lessons cover all aspects of online safety in an age appropriate way, using a range of resources. We are often involved in local and national online safety awareness campaigns and share information during themed assemblies, as well as regularly updating parents. The pupils are taught to be aware of risks and how to protect themselves. All members of the school community have to sign up to an ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ and this is reviewed regularly. Pupils in Year 3 and upwards have school email addresses and pupils have access to filtered internet sites. Internet safety is paramount and is closely monitored by both the school and the States of Jersey.