We consider it essential to prepare our children for the demands of the modern world. Among other skills following aspects of IT will be taught through computing:
- Loading, saving and retrieving.
- Efficient use of keyboard; two finger operation or touch typing for some children. Use of specific keys e.g. [return], [spacebar] and [delete].
- Importing pictures and text.
- Redrafting using cut, copy and paste.
- Using a spell checker.
- Presenting work in different ways e.g. word documents, power points and publisher documents.
- Collecting and entering information.
- Saving and retrieving information files.
- Adding to and amending data
- Interrogating data on one field; searching, sorting and ordering.
- Using graphs.
- Designing a data collection sheet.
- Organising collected information and entering under appropriate fields.
- Showing signs of understanding some of the rules governing an adventure game or simulation.
- Drawing maps or charts to record progress.
- Thinking through tasks away from the computer and predicting outcomes.
A major aim is to ensure that most children have an operating knowledge of Microsoft Office by the time they leave Year 6.
We have a broad band connection and all children have regular access to the internet. We understand the necessity for strict control of the children’s internet access and use a filter to try to ensure inappropriate content is not available to our pupils. The children also understand that they must not try to find pages with adult content.
The children are not permitted to enter Chat Rooms and all email is monitored by the Head teacher or teachers before being passed on to the children.
Oughterside Foundation School Internet Policy
The following extract forms part of our Internet Policy:
- Children are only referred to by first names on our web pages.
- Any images of children will not be labelled with their names.
- Children and staff will never reveal their personal details, and home addresses & telephone numbers on the web or in dialogue with other Internet users.
- All email to classes will be moderated by the Head teacher or class teacher.
- Children will not engage in conversation or dialogue with other users on the Internet without permission or supervision from their teacher.
- The Search Engines used by children at Oughterside all offer a filtered list of links.
- Any child finding themselves uncomfortable or upset by anything they discover on the Internet will report it to a teacher immediately.
- Downloading of files is restricted to staff, or children under supervision.
- Children have no access to Newsgroups or Chat Rooms.
The school recognises that, under certain circumstances, the Internet can give children access to undesirable information and images. We have done all that is possible to ensure children are protected from such information through the use of security software that provides as safe an environment as possible. The children are taught to use the facility sensibly and with proper consideration for others.
It is recommended that parents using the Internet at home with children, develop a similar set of rules and invest in appropriate security software, e.g: Netnanny, Cyberpatrol or Surfwatch.