At Kingsnorth we believe that children must be able to adapt to a society increasingly involved in the use of computers. Therefore computing (ICT) is taught both discretely and within other subject areas and pupils have access to a wide range of ICT and technology to support and enhance their learning. By following a structured programme of work, in line with the National Curriculum, pupils develop their computing ability, knowledge and skills and are able to apply these across the whole curriculum. Computers are used, in some way, each day and during their school lives pupils are exposed to a range of different hardware and software. Since the change in curriculum, children now engage in learning coding across a variety of platforms, such as: Scratch or Python.
Each classroom has a bank of laptops for use during lessons and for other specific purposes. Pupils are also given the opportunity to utilise interactive white boards, visualisers, digital microscopes, cameras, video cameras, sound recorders, data loggers, control technology and other digital equipment. The use of this equipment is linked to other subject areas and will be used to enhance pupils learning in these subjects.
The school has a clearly defined E-safety policy and children’s use of the internet is always monitored by an adult. Pupils are taught about internet safety throughout their time at our school and we are supportive of campaigns such as ‘stop cyber-bullying’ and ‘safer internet day’.
The use of ICT at Kingsnorth is not limited to in school. The, safe, use of ICT outside of school is promoted and websites such as Mathletics are used as a way to extend pupils learning opportunities at home.