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Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Here at Winchester House School ICT is taught to all year groups once a week. The ICT curriculum has been divided into four strands:
  • Digital Literacy
  • Digital Creativity
  • Digital Society
  • Digital Technology

Through these four strands our ICT curriculum offers a broad and comprehensive range of topics.

Digital Literacy

In a world in which computers play an increasingly important part in children’s everyday lives it is important for them to have an understanding of the most common functions and programs that they are likely to encounter. They need to develop the basic skills that will allow them to adapt to any new software and hardware that they may find themselves using.

The children we teach have never known a world without the Internet and therefore they need to understand how to use this amazingly powerful resource in a safe, responsible way. To become digitally literate our children need to understand the principles of e-safety as well as how to check the reliability of information they find online. They should understand the need to acknowledge their sources and respect copyright.

Digital literacy also covers the ability to use a wide range of ICT equipment such as digital cameras, microphones, scanners, printers etc. We want our children to be able to pick up a camera and be comfortable enough to be able to use it to take a picture and then transfer that picture to their PC. Children are exposed to such a wide range of technology these days and we want the children to be able to apply their skills and adapt to any new technology their encounter.

Digital Creativity

One of the key elements of ICT is that it allows children to express their creativity in many different ways from designing a poster to creating an entire magazine or putting together a presentation, taking photographs, producing a video or recording a radio show. Whenever the children are given the opportunity to create and design a product they are encouraged to think about the audience and alter their plans accordingly.

Digital creativity includes how the children can use computers to ‘make things happen’. This could be completing a puzzle game, altering formulae in a spreadsheet or even writing their own code to create their own computer program. It is one of our key aims to make our children digital creators rather than simply digital consumers. We want them to be able to create a game rather than simply play them, and to write code rather than just using a piece of software. We want to inspire our children to become the programmers and software developers of the future and for them to realise that ICT can be used in so many ways in order to present and manipulate information.

Digital Society

Our children are growing up in a world where computers are part of everyday life and the Internet is seen as a basic human right. As a result computers have a huge effect on the society in which our children live and they need to understand what this means for them. The children need to recognise that computers have a vital role to play in shops, hospitals, government, the media etc. They will be encouraged to share their experiences and think about questions such as “Should websites have age ratings?”, “Would computer controlled cars be a good idea?” and “Should Facebook be available to under 13s?”.

We also encourage the children to think about how society has changed and been influenced by the invention of computers and how society may continue to change in the future. We will consider certain aspects of science fiction such as a future in which robots live alongside humans.

The influence of social networking sites over traditional media such as newspapers and television will be explored and we will look at how technology and social media have transformed the way we report and receive the news. We will also look at how other cultures around the world use and experience ICT.

Digital Technology

 The children we teach are growing up in a world in which they are surrounded by computers. Their homes will be full of devices that are controlled by a computer from the washing machine in the kitchen to the games console in their bedroom. As a result it is important that the children have an understanding of how these devices work and how they communicate with each other.

As the technology that our children use is constantly improving they need to understand what these improvements mean whether it is the amount of RAM in their laptop, the processing speed of their console or the storage capacity of their iPod.

It is important for the children to understand how technology has developed from the days of the telegraph, through the first digital computers such as Colossus and the home computer revolution of the 70s and 80s, into the modern world of smartphones, tablets and cloud computing. An awareness of how quickly the technology has developed will also enable the children to think about how the technology might continue to develop in the future.