The ICT curriculum at St. John’s is much more than working on computers. The vision is to improve learning outcomes through cross curricular application of ICT, by embedding it into lesson planning and promoting ICT as a tool for engaging the children and enriching their learning. Carefully designed and delivered lessons will prepare the students for success in a global environment of information and technology.
We aim to provide children with the skills and attributes to access and use information technology throughout their lives, showing awareness and understanding of the wider issues of E-safety and the ramifications of their digital footprint.
Facilities and Equipment
Alongside the planned computing curriculum, children will have access to a range of digital equiptment including cameras, Learn Pads, laptops, and desk top computers. Programmable devices such as Beebots and Roamers are included as part of Maths, Science and Geography related tasks. The use of interactive whiteboards is standard throughout the school.
The school has a strict E-Safety policy to protect all those who access the internet whilst on the school site, and teaches children to remain safe within other environments outside the school when using technology.
Safer Internet Day
On Tuesday 9th February the whole school took part in celebrating Safer Internet Day along with over 1000 other organisations across the UK. The theme of the day was “Play your part in a better internet”. The day started with an assembly to launch the concepts the children would be learning about during the day. Children were asked questions about their internet use – You Tube was definitely the most popular website and there was an audible gasp from all the children when they were asked to imagine life without any internet at all!
Each class then spent the day working on different elements of internet safety ready to present their work on Wednesday morning and provide some written work to display in our new Computing Suite.
The presentations included Power Points, posters, films and poetry demonstrating the children’s understanding of the dangers of meeting strangers on line, keeping passwords safe and avoiding viruses.