This page, outlining the policy of Computing at Whitemoor Academy, reflects the school’s commitment to this exciting area of our work and is written during a period of considerable change with regard to the school’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities.
Computing has been successfully embedded within life at Whitemoor Academy for many years. Furthermore, it has been a key element in ‘Beyond Expectations’ ethos within the school as it is frequently used as a vehicle for raising both attainment and achievement across the curriculum.
This document should be used in conjunction with the Internet Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Policy. We have just introduce a new Computing Curriculum following the Rising Stars programme.
Computing is concerned with the storage, processing, presentation and communication of information by electronic means. This includes the measurement, modelling and control of external events. Computing continues to evolve very quickly and has now become firmly entrenched in many aspects of everyday life, both at home and in the workplace. At Whitemoor Academy we aspire to use Computing:
As Computing 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 Computing will also enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.
The overall aim for Computing at Whitemoor Academy is to enrich learning for all pupils and to ensure that teachers develop confidence and competence to use Computing, both in the effective teaching of their subjects and in their own class management.
Our aims at Whitemoor Academy are to ensure that children:
Our objectives at Whitemoor Academy, with regard to Computing, are for:
In summary, Whitemoor Academy currently has the following ICT equipment available to pupils:
In addition to this, there is a variety of other Computingequipment in school including; digital microscopes, roamers, tape recorders, CD players, radios, televisions, videos and headphones.
Principle for the Learning and Teaching of Computing
With finite Computing resources available to the children, it is essential that the organisation of these resources be such that there is a demonstrable equality of access. This is achieved by adopting the following organisational and teaching strategies as appropriate to the activity being taught:
The every child matters approach to education is thoroughly embedded within the teaching of Computing at Whitemoor Academy. This can be seen in the following ways:
Enjoy and Achieve:
Achieve Economic Well Being:
Make a Positive Contribution
Children should not be responsible for the movement heavy equipment around the school. They may use websites in accordance with the school’s internet access policy.
Food and drink should not be consumed near equipment.
It is the responsibility of staff to ensure that classroom equipment is stored securely, cleaned regularly and that their class or themselves leave the communal equipment clean and tidy after use with any faults reported to the technician.
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. Staff are advised to check image searches before using them in lessons.
Any individual has the right in law to view information held about him or her on a computer system. Care should be taken about any sensitive information concerning child protection issues etc. If a report is composed and printed on the system, it should be stored in a secure, staff accessible, area of the server and hard copies kept in the appropriate files in the care of the Child Protection Officer.
Pupils have access to the Computing equipment for a minimum of one hour each week, with further slots being available for the equipment to be ‘booked’ by a member of staff dependant on a pupil’s current work. This can be at an individual, group or class level due to the flexibility the combination of a wireless network and laptops provides.
When pupils wish to access the internet they should be supervised the whole time by staff.
Use of peripheral class Computing equipment, for example interactive whiteboards, iPads, digital cameras, microscopes is at the class teacher’s discretion as long as it is in accordance with the Internet Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Policy.
Each teacher must provide separate medium term according to the school’s planning policy. These should reflect the objectives for the appropriate age group and, where appropriate, can be added to by a teacher’s own ideas. They should clearly identifyComputing learning objectives and organisation and staff should also explicitly identify where Computing is being used to support other subjects within that subject’s planning.
Each class has at least 1 hours allocated Computing time per week to use the Computing suite. This includes time for teaching skills, knowledge and understanding for practising and consolidating them as well as using them for tasks across other areas of the curriculum. To supplement this time allocation, use of resources in the classroom or booking extra time in the Computing suite is encouraged.
Across the curriculum at Whitemoor Academy there is a concerted effort to plan for high abilities and differentiate down. This is applied within the Computing curriculum through extensive skills lists and staff planning.
Targets are set and assessed using a basic traffic light system based on the Briklands curriculum and now the Rising Stars programme.
Within any half term it is expected that children are taught a minimum of a 5 week block of lessons focussing on one of the skills areas. A final lesson should be used to assess the previous skills area.
Reporting to parents is done informally at parents’ evenings, by appointment etc, and in the written reports each year, which focus upon attitudes of the child to Computing, skills, and competence in a variety of applications.
Monitoring takes place during work scrutiny times, lesson observations and through analysis of ongoing records. This is carried out by the subject coordinators or class teacher.
All staff take steps to ensure that there is equal access for all children to enjoy all aspects of Computing.
Consideration is always given to children with special educational needs and disabilities and tasks are allocated accordingly if they are considered necessary. We also pro-actively investigate how the extra access of IComputing may be of particular benefit to some children with special needs. In line with this, a child may be given a laptop which is solely for their use.
Computing is regularly used as a vehicle for producing ‘Take Care Work’ at Whitemoor Academy. Children are encouraged to use the Computing skills that they have been taught in lessons to assist them in producing excellent pieces of work. For children who have demonstrated a talent for computing (or a specific area of another subject in which they wish to use computing to assist them) the computing suite may be made available over lunch and break times for them to use with staff supervision.
Staff training is available to all staff, either as staff meetings or INSET days in accordance with the staff training plan, or as individual sessions as given by the Computing Coordinators and/or outside agengies.
The term “staff” should be regarded to include administrative staff, non-teaching assistants and other adults accessing the network.
The responsibilities of the Computing Coordinators include: