ICT is an essential element in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The ICT curriculum in school aims to develop the children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding. Pupils use tools such as the internet, cameras and recording equipment to research, communicate and handle information and to present it in a variety of ways. They learn to be flexible regarding how they employ a range of technologies, both desktop and hand held, using this technology safely and responsibly. Pupils control a range of electronic devices and develop their understanding of computer programming. Pupils also use computer models such as simulations and spread sheets to explore and test the answers to questions. Our vision is to equip all learners with the experiences and skills of ICT that they will use in a rapidly changing technological world. Learners will become confident and independent in their use of ICT to enhance their learning across the curriculum.’
‘We also use ICT to support all other subjects, with all classes throughout the school having access to digital projectors, wireless enabled laptops and interactive whiteboards. All classes have internet access. We are also increasing the number of mobile devices across school and have Apple TV set up in the main hall.’
How do we decide what to teach?
Using the focus education statements as a starting point, day to day lessons are planned using age appropriate “I can…” statements. The skills for each year group were then adjusted based on the objectives mapped out in the primary curriculum 2015 and content covered at the Digital School House Conference. The school also liaised with the ICT department at Washington Comprehensive School, one of the main secondary school that our children feed into, to ensure the objectives linked with what would be covered at Key Stage Three. Finally, using the existing pupil asset objectives as a base, an overall framework was created for each year group which is now being used to track the progress using a grading system of beginning, developing and embedded.
For further details see the UCPS Curriculum page.
Virtual Reality Comes to UCPS
We are always keen to explore new technology as a school and have began to branch out into the exciting world of virtual reality. Here are some of our children using the VR headset for the very first time thanks to the donation of a smart phone. The children loved it!
The first year group to use it was year 2. The VR headset was passed round (4/7/16) so that each child could experience it. Pupils started by exploring the virtual Buckingham Palace tours (sourced from Youtube). Following this Y2JB explored a VR rollercoaster and Y2AC explored a VR ocean (each class voted of the app they wanted to use).
Using Augmented Reality
EYFS children were introduced to the fill tool and used it in Paint to colour in a basket ball (linking to their toy topic in class). With support, they then used the Quiver app to bring their colouring sheets to life using Augmented Reality. Please enjoy some examples in the slideshow below:
Year 2 pupils have also used AR to enhance their investigation into what a plant needs to grow. Using Chromeville, the children coloured their strawberry plants and then investigated which choices made their plant grow and which choices didn’t. Please enjoy some examples in the slideshow below:
Year 6 explored the advantages and disadvantages of using Augmented Reality. This was linked with their investigation in to the human body in Science.
Communicating with India
As part of our E-Communication strand of our ICT curriculum, our year 4 children shared their favorite memories of Bonfire Night with our international schools partner in India. Here are a sample of some of the comments we received:
“I saw blogs on the bonfire night celebrated in England, as it is always good to know about the cultures and traditions of other countries.”
“I hope that someday i’ll get opportunity to celebrate this festival with you all. P.S.-The pictures were superb and awesome. Thank You.”
“I was really glad to glance at those blogs written by the students.It brought tons of smile in my face and I really came to know a lot about the bonfire nights.”
“I found Samuel’s blog really superb.I Loved his presentation and his blog was also free of grammatical errors which i noticed in some blogs.”
“Marcus, your views also gave me knowledge about bonfire nights and how they are celebrated in abroad..I liked marcus’ views and his creativity was good..”
“I admire the work of almost everyone but students like Melissa and Marcus were explicitly appreciable. They both were innovative and should be encouraged to show their creativity.”
You Saw my What!?!?
As part of a cross-curricular link between PSHCE and ICT, KS2 pupils have been exploring the NSPCC short film “I Saw Your Willy”.
The children started by exploring what they would do if they found something “naughty” online (Y3 & Y4) and what information is Ok and not Ok to share (Y5 & Y6) and recorded their observations onto a collaborative post-it board (please see the slideshow below).
Using the NSPCC PowerPoint, the themes of the film was then discussed before being consolidated using a specially designed Kahoot quiz. Finally, the results of this was then used to reiterate any themes from the presentation that the children still found unclear.
Warriors of the Net