Using ICT is one of the three Cross-Curricular Skills at the heart of the curriculum. Developing children’s digital skills encourages them to handle and communicate information, solve problems, pose questions and be creative in using digital technology.
At Millington Primary School, we believe it is important that our pupils develop their technical skills in a range of different types of ICT, such as:
- managing data;
- art and design;
- music and sound; and
- film and animation.
The emphasis in Using ICT is on pupils using digital skills appropriately while engaging in meaningful and purposeful activities. Our staff set these activities in a range of Areas of Learning, such as Language and Literacy or The Arts.
Levels of Progression in Using ICT across the curriculum
The 5 Es
The curriculum requirements for Using ICT are set out under the 5 ‘E’s: Explore, Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit. These apply to all pupils in primary school, from Year 1 to Year 7.
Explore includes two statements. Teachers need to cover both to meet the statutory requirements. The first statement is about looking for, finding, choosing and using information. Children move from having resources provided for them to being more independent and discerning users of ICT. The second statement is about children using digital tools to investigate, enquire and solve problems. This could apply to, for example, the skills of computational thinking and coding.
Express is about children being creative and developing and presenting their ideas using text, sound, music and still or moving images. It ranges from simple text, sound or pictures to developing a multimedia digital product.
Exchange relates to communicating with others online to share and develop ideas. It can include sending and receiving emails, videoconferencing, contributing to online discussions or collaborating with digital tools.
Evaluate is about children reflecting on both their process and outcome, thinking about how they carried out an activity and how they might improve on what they did.
Exhibit is about managing and showcasing work digitally. It ranges from children printing and saving their work to organising and maintaining digital files and folders.
The Levels of Progression for Using ICT include this statement: ‘Pupils should demonstrate, when and where appropriate, knowledge and understanding of e-safety including acceptable online behaviour.’
Millington Primary School embedS e-safety education into teaching and learning in the Areas of Learning through relevant topics. This gives our pupils opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of e-safety.
CCEA’s ScamWise resource has useful information and links that are particularly useful for this topic.
ICT resources available to the pupils of Millington Primary School
At Millington Primary School, we are very fortunate to have an extensive range of ICT resources and equipment available to develop and enhance our pupils skills and capabilities.
- A computer suite with 34 desktop computers.
- A range of desktop computers and laptops within every classroom.
- On average, 10 iPads per classroom containing educational apps and programmes.
- Bee bots to develop coding skills at Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.
Microbits to develop coding skills at Key Stage 2.
- Imex Interactive Whiteboards in every classroom.
- Educational software programmes such as Nessy, Accelerated Reader and Mathletics are used regularly to develop and enhance Literacy and Numeracy skills throughout Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.