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					                     St Mary's Catholic Primary School

                                     ICT Policy

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there
among them.”(Matthew 18:20)




Rationale

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is concerned with the storage,
processing, presentation and communication of information by electronic means. This
includes the measurement, modelling and control of external events. ICT continues to
evolve very quickly and has now become firmly entrenched in many aspects of
everyday life, both at home and in the workplace.

As ICT underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all pupils gain the
confidence and ability, that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge
of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. The use of ICT will also
enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing
motivation and social skills.

Aims of ICT

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School our aims are that:

    ICT be presented as a creative and fascinating process in which children are
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     encouraged to use their own initiative, imagination, reasoning and
     investigative skills;

    Children appreciate the relevance of ICT in our society and that they see it as
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     an essential tool for learning, communication, finding information and for
     controlling and understanding their environment;

    Children receive equal opportunity to develop their ICT capability, with the
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     use of ICT being planned for in line with its status as a core National
     Curriculum subject;

    Differentiation is planned for in each area of the ICT curriculum so that
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     children achieve to the best of their ability;

    Children learn to work individually and collaboratively;
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    Children have a heightened interest and awareness of ICT through the regular
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     display of their ICT enhanced work in the classrooms and around the school,
     and the positive attitude of staff towards the use of ICT.
Present resource provision

We have 30 laptops, a printer and 10 computers linked to the school network.
Hardware and software provisions are catalogued at the end of this document.

To ensure that copyright laws are adhered to, staff, pupils and parents are not
permitted to run software brought in from outside school on school machines. All
software licences are held in the ICT co-ordinators file.

An Internet policy has been developed in order to allow the safe and efficient use of
the Internet for both staff and pupils in an educational context.

Present curricular plans

We introduced the Swindon ICT Progression plans in September 2007. The intention
is to free teachers up from restrictive ICT plans, enabling them to use their creativity
to teach ICT in a way that inspires them and their children in a truly cross-curricular
way. However, it is vital that the national curriculum is covered and that what is
taught is of an appropriate standard.
There are nine areas of ICT to be covered during the year. A list of suitable concept
and skills objectives is given for each area, as are relevant level descriptors to aid
planning for high standards and differentiation.


ICT Capability
The most important aspect of the plans is that each
area of ICT should build up to an outcome, which
can be celebrated and evaluated as a finished
product. As the diagram shows, skills teaching is
only one part of ICT Capability: the others are
working towards a purpose, and the concepts of
why ICT is being used, and why this particular
area of ICT is useful.


The nine areas of ICT
All nine areas should be covered during the year. However, they do not need to be
taught in the same way, and it is not expected that children are taught a single area of
ICT in one term. Some lend themselves well to being covered through other subjects.
Some benefit from a block of teaching, either two or three lessons a week for a couple
of weeks, or even a whole day devoted to them. Some are the opposite, benefiting
from regular revisiting through single cross-curricular lessons throughout the year.
Others are somewhere in between. Staff may wish to revisit an area later in the year
through a different topic area: as long as you have time to cover the full curriculum,
this would be excellent for children’s deeper understanding.




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Entitlement to the ICT curriculum

All children should have access to the use of ICT regardless of gender, race, cultural
background or 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 to enable access. Children with learning difficulties
can also be given greater access to the whole curriculum through the use of ICT. Their
motivation can be heightened and they are able to improve the accuracy and
presentation of their work. This in turn can raise self-esteem.


Health and Safety

When transporting laptops, children should use the bags to ensure safety. They
should not be given the responsibility of plugging in and switching machines on
without a member of staff present.

Food and drink should not be consumed near ICT equipment.

It is the responsibility of staff to ensure that classroom ICT equipment is stored
securely, cleaned regularly and when putting away the laptops, they are locked and
secured.

Staff should ensure that the children are seated at the computers comfortably and be
aware of the dangers of continuous use (e.g. eye/wrist strain etc).

An adult should always supervise children when they are accessing information via
the Internet. The service provider does filter information but staff are ultimately
responsible for information accessed by pupils. Children are not allowed to use the
internet at lunch times or break times. Please see separate internet policy.



Differentiation


It is important for all children to learn to the best of their ability. While it is beneficial
for more able children to support the less able, using this too much can mean that the
less able child never gets a turn (so learns little), while the more able child is held
back. It is important to vary how you seat the children, but if you need to seat the
children in pairs, you may wish to consider similar-ability pairings. Differentiation
can then take place: less able children could be given a simpler task, or use the same
package but be taught fewer skills to use, while the more able can spend more time in
self- and peer-assessment, planning, evaluating and improving their work. The level
descriptors at the top of each plan will act as a guide when deciding what children at
different levels need to do.




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Monitoring and Assessment

On-going formative assessment is an integral part of good practice. Its main purpose
is to enable the teacher to match work to the abilities and needs of the children and
ensure progression in learning.

ICT capability should be monitored regularly in relation to the National Curriculum
and our medium term plans. The ICT Co-ordinator will assess strand requirements
with reference to children’s knowledge, understanding and skills. Other opportunities
for assessment will arise from cross-curricular work.

Each term teachers are to choose three target children to formally monitor and assess.
One higher ability, one middle ability and one lower ability; forms are to be filled in
outlining the task activity, context, the level including reasons and next steps. Forms
are kept on the y:drive and should be saved in a separate folder, along with the child’s
work. The ICT co-ordinator will monitor these.


Links to the school development plan

  The ICT Co-ordinator produces an action plan each year outlining the targets for
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   that year.

  An audit of resources is undertaken yearly to ensure that hardware and software
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   are kept as up to date as possible and that obsolete or broken machines are
   scrapped or repaired.

Staff training needs will be met by:

  Auditing staff skills and confidence in the use of ICT regularly;
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  Arranging training for individuals as required;
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  The ICT Co-ordinator should attend courses and support and train staff as far as
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   possible, along with staff attending specific courses.


Review and evaluation procedures

The everyday use of ICT is developing rapidly, with new technology being produced
all the time. This policy therefore will be reviewed and revised on a yearly basis. The
ICT Co-ordinator will liaise regularly with staff, both at staff meetings and
informally, to monitor the effectiveness of the policy and the Scheme of Work.
Meetings with subject co-ordinators will also ensure that the use of ICT across the
curriculum is planned for and evaluated.


October 2008




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              ICT Resources for School Year 2008/09
  Available software linked to the National Curriculum and our ICT Medium Term
                                        Plans.


Multimedia
Combining text, graphics and sound using digital imagery, music, film and animation.

Keystage 1                                     Keystage 2
Clicker4                                       Photostory
  Find out and Write about:                    Clicker4
  Ancient Egypt, Solar System, Minibeasts,      Find out and Write about:
  Lifecycles and Ancient Greece                 Ancient Egypt, Solar System, Minibeasts,
Colour Magic                                    Lifecycles and Ancient Greece
Digital Blue Movie Creator                     Colour Magic
Kar2ouche Composer                             Compose World2
Kar2ouche Creativewriter                       Rainforest Music*
Microsoft Word                                 Digital Blue Movie Creator
Microsoft Powerpoint                           Kar2ouche Composer
Storybook Weaver                               Kar2ouche Bullying
2Create a Story                                Kar2ouch Narrative Text
2Pubish+                                       Kar2ouch Read and Write Stories
2Paint a Picture                               Microsoft Word
Infant Video Toolkit                           Microsoft Powerpoint
Music Toolkit                                  Microsoft Publisher
2Type                                          Storybook Weaver
2Create                                        2Pubish+
2Animate                                       2Paint a Picture
2Connect                                       Music Toolkit
Stories 2 Tell                                 2Type
Photo Simple                                   2Create
2Handwrite                                     2Animate
Talking Stories                                2Connect
2Review                                        Stories 2 Tell
2E-mail                                        Photo Simple
Alphabet Soup                                  Literacy Collection
Rainforest Music*                              2Review
                                               2E-mail




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Control and Sensing
Developing Ideas and making things happen.

Keystage 1                                   Keystage 2
Flobot*                                      Gomez Returns*
Crystal Logo*                                Crystal Rain Forest*
4x Roamers                                   Crystal Logo*
2x Beebots                                   Flowol3 + 1x Flogo
2Control NXT                                 Robolab + 5x RCX
                                             boxes/Lego
                                             2Control NXT
Modelling
Developing Ideas and making things happen.

Keystage 1                                   Keystage2
Charlie Chimp’s Big Modelling Party*         Microsoft Excel
Nature Park*                                 Bamboozled*
Simple City                                  Space Station Alert*
2Simulate                                    World Explorer
Maths City1                                  2Draw
Modelling Toolkit
Science Simulation

Data Handling
Finding Things Out.

Keystage 1                                    Keystage2
2Calculate                                    Granada Branch
2Investigate                                  Junior Viewpoint
All about me pictogram                        Microsoft Excel
                                              2Calculate
                                              2Investigate
Research
Finding Things Out.

Keystage 1                                    Keystage2
All about me CD                               Web Detectives*
Internet Explorer                             Internet Explorer
                                              World Explorer CD

* Crystal Rainforest




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Crystal Rainforest Subscription www.crystalict.com
Developing ideas & making things happen
    Charlie Chimp
    Crystal Logo
    Flobot
    Forest Cams
    Gomez Returns
    Mission Control V2 Online
    Rain Forest Music
ICT Skills
    Branching Databases
    Broadband Detectives - E-safety
    Databases
    Digital Discoveries
    Email Detectives (Tutorials)
    Forest Cams
    Graphs and charts
    Mission Control V2 Online
    Web Detectives (Tutorials)
Models, Simulations & Adventures
    Charlie Chimp
    Crystal Rain Forest v2
    Digital Discoveries
    Flobot
    Gomez Returns
    Mission Control V2 Online
    Space Station Alert
    The Model Shop
Open Creativity
    Crystal Logo
    Rain Forest Music
Problem Solving
    Bamboozled
    Digital Discoveries
    Mission Control V2 Online
    Professor Roberts’ Profcasts
    Space Station Alert
    The Model Shop
    The Nature Park




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                              Hardware available
Each classroom should have:

1 x PC
1 x printer
1 x teacher laptop                                   Network Printer
                                                     A new printer has been installed
1 x digital camera + USB lead                        in the cupboard between year 5
1 x digital blue video camcorder                     and 6.
8 x rechargeable batteries
1 x battery recharger
6 x laptop chargers
6 x headphones and microphones                       30 Laptops
                                                     2 trolleys housing 15 laptops in
                                                     each. These trolleys are kept
A selection of CD Roms
                                                     locked. Used on rota basis.
Resource Room will have:

All software (to be left in resource room)
4 x Roamers
2 x Beebots
2 x Beebot mats
5 x Lego RCX boxes
5 x Infrared boxes
1 x flogo box
1 x digital Microscope
Box of Lego Fairground
Box of Lego 5 models
Sony Video Camcorder
15 x headphone splitter cables
15 CD’s World Explorer
15 CD’s All about me

Maths programs
** you need to type in your class list
                                                 Keystage2
Keystage 1                                       NHM3,4,5,6 **
NHM1,2 **                                        Education City – internet based
Maths City 1                                     **
Education City **                                My Maths – internet based **
2Calculate                                       2Calculate
                                                 Microsoft Excel
                                                 Maths Games1




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