Accrington Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. (VA) Primary School
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable them to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.
The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of the National Curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Benjamin Hargreaves CE Primary School, we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively. The purpose of this policy is to state how the School intends to make this provision.
The School believes that ICT and Computing:
Aims of the Teaching of Computing
The School’s aims are to:
The School acknowledges the need to continually maintain, update and develop its resources and to make progress towards a consistent, compatible pc system by investing in resources that will effectively deliver the strands of the National Curriculum and support the use of computing across the School. Teachers are required to inform the Computing Subject Leader of any faults as soon as they are noticed. A service level agreement is in place to help support the Subject Leader to fulfil this role both in hardware & audio visual. ICT and computing network infrastructure and equipment has been sited so that:
A variety of software is available for supporting lessons across the curriculum. All software is recommended by the LA is used in School. Pupils also have access to resources online to cover all aspects of the curriculum. These resources are monitored and used under the guidance and supervision of the class teacher.
To ensure that copyright laws and virus protection procedures are adhered to staff, pupils and parents are not permitted to run software brought in from outside School on School machines.
The School has a Computing technician who visits school one afternoon every fortnight.
A nominated governor takes a particular interest in ICT and Computing in School.
Teaching and Learning Objectives
Early Years Foundation Stage:
By the end of Key Stage 1 pupils should be taught to:
By the end of Key Stage 2 pupils should be taught to:
Entitlement to Computing Curriculum
An adult must supervise children when they are accessing information from the Internet. Our service provider does filter information but staff are responsible for the information accessed by pupils. When a teacher plans to use a website the content should be checked before a lesson.
Cross curricular links
As a staff we are all aware that ICT and computing capability should be achieved through Core and Foundation Subjects. Where appropriate, ICT and Computing should be incorporated into schemes of work for all subjects. ICT and Computing should be used to support learning in other subjects as well as develop ICT and Computing skills.
Assessment and record keeping
Teachers regularly assess capability through observations and looking at completed work. Key objectives to be assessed are taken from the National Curriculum to Assess Key ICT and Computing Skills each term. Assessing Computing is an integral part of teaching and learning and central to good practice. It should be process orientated - reviewing the way that techniques and skills are applied purposefully by pupils to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of ICT and Computing. As assessment is part of the learning process it is essential that pupils are closely involved. Assessment can be broken down into;
We assess the children’s work in Computing by making informal judgements as we observe the children during lessons. Computing work is saved on the school network. Other work may be printed and filed within the subject from which the task was set.
Monitoring and evaluation
The Subject Leader is responsible for monitoring the standard of the children’s work and the quality of teaching. This may be through lesson observations, book scrutiny or looking at other data for the subject. The Subject Leader is also responsible for supporting colleagues in the teaching of computing, for being informed about current developments in the subject, and for providing a strategic lead and direction for the subject in the School. We allocate special time for the vital task of reviewing samples of children’s work and for visiting classes to observe teaching in the subject.
• The Computing Subject Leader will assess and address staff training needs as part of the annual subject action plan or in response to individual needs and requests throughout the year.
• Individual teachers should attempt to continually develop their own skills and knowledge, identify their own needs and notify the Subject Leader.
• Teachers will be encouraged to use ICT and Computing to produce plans, reports, communications and teaching resources.
Pupils with special educational needs and Disabilities (see also SEND Policy)
We believe that all children have the right to access ICT and Computing. In order to ensure that children with SEND achieve to the best of their ability. It may be necessary to adapt the delivery of the Computing Curriculum for some pupils. We teach ICT and Computing to all children, whatever their ability. Computing forms part of the National Curriculum to provide a broad and balanced education for all children.
Through the teaching of Computing we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges and responding to each child’s different needs. Where appropriate Computing can be used to support SEND children on a one to one basis where children receive additional support.
Health and Safety
The school is aware of the health and safety issues involved in children’s use of ICT and Computing.
All fixed electrical appliances in School are tested by a LA contractor every five years and all portable electrical equipment in School is tested by an external contractor every twelve months. Staff are advised not to bring their own electrical equipment into School but if this is necessary, then the equipment must be PAT tested before being used in School. This also applies to any equipment brought into School by, for example, people running workshops, activities, etc. and it is the responsibility of the member of staff organising the workshop, etc. to advise those people. All staff should visually check electrical equipment before they use it and take any damaged equipment out of use. Damaged equipment should then be reported to the Subject Leader or Headteacher who will arrange for repair or disposal.
Children should not put plugs into sockets or switch the sockets on.
Trailing leads should be made safe behind the equipment.
Liquids must not be taken near the computers.
Magnets must be kept away from all equipment.
Safety guidelines in relation to Interactive white boards will be displayed in all classrooms.
eSafety guidelines will be set out in the eSafety and eSafeguarding Policy.
Parents are encouraged to support the implementation of Computing where possible by encouraging use of ICT and computing skills at home during home-learning tasks and through the school website. They will be made aware of online Safety and encouraged to promote this at home. Parents will be invited to a parental workshop annually. Current information will be provided for parents on the Online Safety section on the school website.
Review date: June 2019