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The Mall School

ICT DEPARTMENT HANDBOOK INTRODUCTION ICT capability is the ability to make appropriate use of Information and Communication Technology and to exercise critical judgements about ways in which it can be applied. It also implies the knowledge and skills to use computers comfortably when required. Pupils gain experience of ICT both in specific ICT lessons and across the curriculum in other subject areas. The school understands that some pupils may not achieve in specific ICT lessons the standard of work they would like to reach and for this reason it is important to make the computer resource area as freely available as possible. The IT suite is a bookable resource and members of staff responsible for other teaching areas are encouraged to use the room as much as possible. All Departments are encouraged to incorporate the use of ICT into their schemes of work and make specific provision for its use. ICT is taught at the Mall from Year 1 to Year 5. ICT is a non academic subject at the school and although the syllabus is based on key skills and areas of knowledge from the National Curriculum, the course content may vary to accommodate influences at the time and Common Entrance ICT based project work required for some academic subjects. Year 1 classes are split into two groups in conjunction with their weekly swimming lessons at the main school site. Their lessons last approximately 20-25 minutes and consist predominately of informal activities to introduce pupils to ICT. Years 2 -5 pupils have one dedicated ICT lesson per week throughout the academic year and are taught more formally to use specific software such as word processors, spreadsheets, presentation packages, databases and how to use the internet for research. Years 2 and 3 also benefit from a Junior classroom assistant during ICT lessons. The ICT brings in technical support from Direct Support Ltd. AIMS At The Mall our aims for ICT are: To meet the ICT needs of the school in all subject areas.

To facilitate each child to achieve his or her full potential in all subject areas by: i. Allowing for access to ICT equipment as and when appropriate ii. Allowing for access according to need regardless of race, gender or ability iii. Using ICT as an aid to learning re: Special Needs

To educate pupils to understand the value of Information and Communication Technology by: i) Evaluation of the potential and limitation of ICT.


The use of ICT as a problem solving tool. Encourage cross curricular work to use ICT to eliminate routine tasks.

The Mall gives only effort grades from 1-5 at the end of each half term to years 4-5. Effort grades for years 2 and 3 are given once a year at the end of the summer term. Year 1 boys currently are not assessed. Grades are based on a number of different factors. For years 3-5 this can be a little more formal through monitoring work from pupils ICT workout books and printed material. For all year groups, informal assessment takes place throughout each task, and is part of a continuous teaching and learning process building on work produced throughout the year. Finally, through discussion and observation, it is possible to assess whether or not the learning objectives have been fulfilled for a particular lesson. Assessments provide information about the childs progress, are an aid to future planning and are used for report writing.

REPORTING POLICY ICT reports generally refer specifically to the ICT project that has taken place within that term. The report will refer to the following areas: The pupils response to the project. The use of appropriate software for the set task. The finished piece or outcome. Positive comments will be made about the pupils work. Suggestions will also be made on an area the child may need to concentrate or improve on during the following term.

Credits are awarded when a child has worked particularly well, has been especially helpful or whose effort/ performance has shown significant progress within a lesson. Headmasters Commendations are awarded in assembly to a pupil whose final piece at the end of a project is outstanding. Commendations are not necessarily awarded at the end of every project.

PRESENTATION OF WORK Presentation of ICT work generally takes the form of a pupil printing their set project on completion. However, presentation can often require a pupil using the Interactive facilities in the IT suite to demonstrate and describe their work to other pupils.

CROSS CURRICULAR LINKS As stated above cross curricular links are encouraged with all subjects areas.

RESOURCES Resources can be divided into two categories within the Mall School. 1. The resources available in the IT suite. 2. The whole school resources.