Knighton Church in Wales Primary School
Policy for Information Technology
What is I.T.?
Information technology is concerned with the handling and processing of information using
electronic devices such as computers, programmable robots, tape recorders, calculators
and digital cameras, control boxes, external sensors, scanners, interactive whiteboard and
projectors. It has the status of a separate subject but also features in all areas of the
I.T. creates opportunities to handle:
Text and images
Number and graphs
Sound and music
And to process information by:
Organising and reorganising
Sorting and retrieving
Sorting and analysing
Presenting and communicating
“I.T. capability is characterised by an ability to use effectively I.T. tools and information
sources to analyse, process and present information and to model, measure and control
(Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum – Welsh Office).
Our aims in teaching information Technology are:
To enrich and extend learning throughout the curriculum and to develop children’s
individual I.T. capability
To help young people acquire confidence and pleasure in using I.T., become familiar
with some everyday applications and be able to evaluate the technology’s potential
To encourage the flexibility and openness of mind necessary to take advantage of
the pace of technological change.
I.T. use is integrated into the two year programme of topics followed throughout the
All classes offer children experience in each of the strands of the curriculum.
I.T. use receives a specific mention in the policy documents for all subjects of the
Computer use is managed so that all pupils are given equal opportunities.
I.T. use is offered as an entitlement for all pupils.
Strategies for teaching I.T.
Some activities will be about I.T. in its own right and will increase children’s awareness of
the range of uses I.T. in their everyday lives. In fact, most I.T. activities will relate not
only to I.T. but other subjects as well.
It can be helpful to classify such activities as either:
Focusing on development of I.T. capability
Focusing on both development of I.T. and on skills, knowledge and understanding of
Using I.T. but focusing on the development of skills, knowledge and understanding of
Children will be encouraged to select suitable equipment and, where necessary, computer
software for the task and discuss reasons for their choice.
The predominant mode of working in Information Technology is individual or paired.
Pupils may be matched by ability as this makes for more interaction
Can be of mixed ability to enable more competent children to help lower attainers.
Continuity and Progression
Progression in I.T. capability should be seen as more than the development of I.T. skills.
The acquisition of I.T. skills is not sufficient on its own to develop capability. Pupils must
be allowed to consolidate their skills and apply them in a range of contexts. Progression in
I.T. capability can develop as pupils begin to choose I.T. tools they wish to use to suit a
particular need. Opportunities to talk with pupils about their use of I.T. can help the class
teacher in making decisions about whether to provide contingency activities, or to develop
I.T. capability further. Progression will arise where pupils acquire new skills as a response
to the needs of an activity.
use a variety of applications
show increasing skill in their ability to use I.T. equipment, including keyboards
undertake tasks of increasing difficulty
be increasingly aware of the intended audience
use an increasing variety of applications for particular purposes
develop their skills in using I.T. equipment and computer interfaces
undertake increasingly complex tasks, using greater amounts of information
become more critical of results of their work and check for plausibility
develop increasing sensitivity to the needs of their audience
The use of software throughout the school has been mapped to ensure that pupils
experience of I.T. is continuous and progressive.
I.T. in the Suite
Each class in the school has a timetabled slot in our I.T. Suite to learn the skills of I.T. In
addition to this all classes are encouraged to use the suite for ICT (across the curriculum
to use and practise skills taught).
Assessment and Recording
Assessment in I.T. should be based on the following:
1. Teacher notes made from observations or discussion
2. Examples of work such as printouts
3. Development of Portfolio
4. Own evaluations of individuals and groups
5. A.C.A.C. Units ofPupil Work Self assessment Sheets
I.T. capability is developed over a period of time. Since I.T. involves far more than simply
acquiring I.T. skills, it is important that any assessment should take account of:
The I.T. skills developed
The contexts of the activity
The purpose of the activity
A record of each child’s ability is reported annually to parents.
Special Educational Needs
Pupils with special needs have the same I.T. entitlement as all other pupils and are offered
the same curriculum.
Using I.T. with children with special educational needs can:
Develop the child’s own I.T. capability
Support skills, understanding and knowledge across the curriculum
Increase access to the curriculum and address the child’s individual needs.
For example, children with specific learning difficulties can use I.T. as a means of support
for writing and as a catalyst for developing literacy and numeracy skills. I.T. can
sometimes hold the attention of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and
for children with sensory or physical impairment I.T. can be the means to gain access to
Health and Safety Issues in I.T.
Include taking care with:
Setting up and moving equipment
Establishing appropriate working conditions
General electrical safety
Role of Curriculum Co-ordinator
The curriculum co-ordinator should:
Be responsible for the production and updating of a policy for I.T. in consultation
with other members of staff and the curriculum sub-committee of the Governing
Have an overall view of planning in I.T. to ensure progression and continuity
Be available, within the constraints of the budget, to help and advise other members
of staff when necessary
Keep up to date with recent developments in I.T. including undergoing relevant
Be responsible for the auditing and purchasing of I.T. resources within the agreed
financial limit after consulting with other members of staff.
Pupils should be given opportunities, where appropriate, in their study of I.T. to develop
and apply their knowledge and understanding of the cultural, economic, historical and
linguistic characteristics of Wales.
All pupils will be given access to all areas of the curriculum no matter what sex, race,
religion or colour in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Policy.
We will create an environment in which all children can contribute fully and feel valued
regardless of ethnicity. Every pupil will be encouraged to develop a sense of personal and
cultural identity that is confident, open to change and respectful towards others’
identities. Through IT we will promote racial equality by researching topics such as world
religions in RE, countries of the World, for example St. Lucia, Martin Luther King and
Fairtrade. A range of books are available in the Library.
All children should have access to use IT regardless of physical or sensory disability.
Where use of a school computer proves difficult for a child because of a disability, the
school will endeavour to provide specialist equipment and software and adapt materials to
Cross Curricular Links
As computers take an increasingly larger role in education, industry and commerce and
indeed in society in general, Knighton Church in Wales Primary School seeks to incorporate
I.T. into all areas of the curriculum.
Examples of I.T. within subject areas can be seen in updated Scheme of Work.
Word processing, involving drafting of work originated at the computer
Desk top publishing of materials for a variety of audiences
Tape recording oral presentation
Video, drama, media work.
The use of databases to store and retrieve information and to produce a range of
logo for work on shape, direction
Roamer for work on directions, angles, length
Spreadsheets such as Excel to produce mathematical tables
Use of calculators
Make use of computer programmes to record, store, analyse and communicate
information in the form of tables, graphs, text, pictures etc.
Use multi-media packages to research and develop lines of enquiry
To monitor external events using I.T. equipment
Use audio-video aids to record and communicate information
The use of radios and cassette recorders for listening to and storing information
The use of computer programmes to develop composing skills
Use of multi-media packages for research
Design of questionnaires
The use of Roamer to study direction, follow instructions
CD Roms including World Atlas to research and pursue a line of enquiry
Use equipment to monitor external temperatures
Use of data to provide insight into geographical relationships. Geosystems and
Observatory weather station and seismograph
CD Roms to research and pursue lines of enquiry
Databases to interrogate
Simulations to explore the role of people in the past
Discuss consequences of I.T. for individual and society
Be aware of challenges to individual conscience in respect of misuse of information,
invasion of privacy
Roamer for direction, following instructions although start with children as the
Audio tapes for dance
Commands of Roamer
Instruct electronic devices e.g. Roamer
Control box - write sequence for traffic lights
- control Lego toys
design layouts of work
create picture using various art packages e.g. sketch paintspa
design posters, etc. using DTP
Within every classroom is a computer linked to the internet, often two and at least 1
other. These are connected to a printer in class or connected to I.T. Suite printer. The
school has a video camera, video recorders, C.D. Player, televisions, digital cameras and two
Roamers which are available as and when for use by teachers and pupils alike, movable
music centre/amplifier, microphone, sound system in the hall, boogie box and a fax
A computer suite comprising of 24 flat screen computers all connected to the internet. A
computer is linked to an interactive whiteboard in the suite.
In the Library a computer can be projected on to a whiteboard.
There are three laptops and interactive whiteboards in 6 classes.
Internet Access Policy
The school has implemented an Internet Access policy, which has been agreed by Staff
and Governors, and signed by Parents and children.
This policy was agreed by the teaching staff on: 3rd February 2010
It was approved by the Governing Body on: ________________
Date of next review: June 2012
Chair of Governors