ICT/Computing

Information Communication Technology

Overview

Communication is fundamental to all aspects of our curriculum and all aspects of the school day. The use of Information communication technology (ICT) to support communication is embedded in all aspects of teaching and learning at Beatrice Tate School.

Content

  • ICT at Beatrice Tate School is taught as a specific lesson and across the curriculum in all Key Stages.
  • ICT lessons are taught in ability groups
  • ICT teaching and learning is guided by the ‘EQUALS’ ICT schemes of work and national curriculum requirements.

Three themes are used to provide a structured context for all ICT units. These are:

  • Finding things out
  • Developing ideas and making things happen
  • Exchanging and sharing information

The termly programme of study units may be combined in different ways to respond to the specific needs and priorities of individual pupils or groups of pupils, but the annual progression through the units is not compromised.

Examples of ICT

  • We now have a specialist ICT suite
  • All teaching areas have interactive plasma screens or Promethean white boards
  • All tutor group rooms have additional pupil touch screen computers
  • We have interactive sensory equipment, a dedicated sensory studio and eye-tracking technology
  • We use touch technology to assist teaching and learning throughout the curriculum. For example: iPads are used as personal communication aids, for sensory cause and effect, for subject specific apps, for taking photos and video and for fun and games.
  • We use of a wide range of switches and low tech communication aids.
  • We make extensive use of projectors, lighting and sound to enhance learning
  • Pupils access a server based ‘Video DJ’, designed and updated by staff, to select and play music videos
  • We have developed a web based student accessible platform called ‘My Place’ with the assistance of ‘Tobias and Tobias’ design & innovation consultants.
  • The 2014 national curriculum introduces a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT.
  • Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying aspects of computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computer’.
  • Computing will be taught through our existing ICT themes at a level appropriate to our pupils needs. Curriculum Maps will be updated accordingly during 2014-15.

Development

  • The 2014 national curriculum introduces a new subject, computing, which replaces ICT.
  • Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying aspects of computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computer’.
  • Computing will be taught through our existing ICT themes at a level appropriate to our pupils needs. Curriculum Maps will be updated accordingly during 2014-15.