The National Curriculum stipulates the skills and exposure that children should have to ICT and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has produced a Scheme Of Work which we follow and enhance. Children become familiar with working at the computer from the Nursery and Reception classes through to the time they leave. The introduction to ICT skills runs simultaneously with the use of ICT to teach and support English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages.
We have a whole school network driven by the Viglen Classlink system. There are PCs in classrooms and ‘computer labs’ in key curriculum areas. Ratio of PCs to children is currently one to two (1:2). ‘Office’ software, Encyclopaedias, Subject-Specific software, networked CD-ROMS, E-Mail and Internet access is available on all PCs. We have Interactive Whiteboards in the classrooms. The school has impressive video conferencing facilities and the children will have ‘virtual classroom’ opportunities throughout the year groups.
Links between school and home: through our Learning Gateway, children are able to access our servers from their home PC, as well as picking up/handing in assignments and looking at teachers’ notes on current lessons, and accessing their school email.
The Computer Suites are open to children from 7.45am in the morning until 8.00pm at night. Use is supervised by duty staff and monitored via the ‘Viglen’ Remote system.