INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY
Each classroom is internet-linked and has an interactive whiteboard. Pupils have access to the school’s bank of 60 laptops which are timetabled for class and group use so that ICT can be taught through all curriculum subjects. The school uses Espresso as a child-friendly, safe way of accessing the internet and supporting topic work. We also use digital cameras, digital microscopes and Flip video cameras in school.
Pupils learn to find things out from different sources, develop their ideas using ICT tools, exchange and share information through electronic media and review, modify and evaluate their work. We use ICT in many different ways – including designing posters and brochures, composing music, email links with school abroad, research for topic work, creating and using spreadsheets and animation.
The school takes cyber-safety very seriously and children are not allowed to access the internet at school without adult supervision. On entering school, children and parents will be asked to complete an internet safety agreement which sets out rules for internet use while in school. We hope that all parents will support and monitor safe and appropriate internet use at home.
As part of the school’s IT programme we offer pupils access to the Internet, including the use of electronic mail. Before being allowed to use the Internet, all pupils must obtain parental permission and both they and you must sign and return the enclosed form to show that you approve and the child accepts the school rules on this matter.
Some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. Whilst we have filtered access to the Internet which makes the majority of such sites inaccessible, this system is not 100% effective.
Whilst our aim for Internet use is to further educational goals and objectives and to supervise Internet activity in classrooms, pupils may find ways to access other materials as well. We believe that the benefits to pupils from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages.
During school, teachers will guide pupils toward appropriate materials and web sites. Outside of school, families and carers bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they already do with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other potentially offensive media.
THEATRE IN EDUCATION’S PRESENTATION ON CYBERBULLYING
Recently, Y5 and Y6 pupils were joined by their counterparts from Norman Street school for a dramatic presentation about Cyberbullying and the dangers of social media. TIE (Theatre in Education) explained, through a funny but thought-provoking play, how easy it was to give away personal details to strangers over the internet.
Here are some characters from the play...