Information Technology is an integral part of our everyday lives. It is also an exciting aspect of education at Gad’s, highly interactive and very motivating. ICT engages all learners, challenging children’s thinking and taking their learning further.
The school is very well resourced for ICT. A secure computer network allows shared learning resources in the ICT Suite, with internet access and wireless connectivity. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard and computer, with access to a wide variety of cross-curricular software appropriate to their age group.
In Kindergarten the children have the opportunity to use a range of educational software and enjoy a wide variety of ICT activities to encourage confidence when using the computer.
As the children grow in confidence, during Reception their ICT skills are developed further and the children use software to support other subjects through the use of a different learning style.
By Year 1 the children explore their attitudes towards ICT, its value for themselves, others and society, and their awareness of its advantages and limitations.
In Year 2 the children continue to develop their skills in using hardware and software, so as to manipulate and present information.
At the end of Kindergarten pupils should be able to:
- Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- Create and debug simple programs
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- Use technology safely and respectfully
- Keep 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