ICT co-ordinator - Mrs R Simpson
ICT Facilities | Year 5 | Year 6 | Year 7 | Year 8
We are fortunate at Lindisfarne Middle School in that we have access to three ICT computer suites. Our main suite is where most of our ICT lessons take place and has 34 desktop computers. Our upstairs ICT suite has 32 desktop computers so that whole classes can access ICT across the curriculum. We also have a class set of digital blue video cameras. We have 34 desktop computers set up outside our science laboratories. In addition to this we have a class set of Asus eee pcs (mini laptops) which can be borrowed for use in our classrooms.
We have a media suite where children can play CDs, watch DVDs or videos. Most classrooms now have data projectors and interactive whiteboards. We have additional computers set up permanently for Music, Design Technology and for French.
Children have one hour of ICT a week and we are continually working to improve our provision of ICT across the curriculum to give our pupils a chance to practice and develop the skills they learn in ICT lessons. For example, in English children might produce a video story, a website on a research topic or a newspaper front page. In Maths children use a variety of useful maths activity software as well as mathematical modelling using spreadsheets. In Science there is scope to develop database work as well as data-logging and monitoring of the environment using sensors. Foundation subjects are also increasing their use of ICT including the use of composition software in music, 3D modelling in Design & Technology, web quests and film (and editing) equipment in Link Studies.
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Across all four year groups children will keep a Learning Diary. This is a powerpoint which includes information about their levels and their targets. It is also a tool we use at the end of each lesson for pupils to record their progress, reflect on their work and communicate with their teacher.
In Year 5 children learn about graphical modelling – using publisher and art packages to re-create models of famous paintings, create room designs and to understand how graphical modelling is used outside of school.
They also begin to:
- develop spreadsheet skills using Excel;
- evaluating information and checking for accuracy;
- using complex searches and creating databases using Junior Viewpoint; and
- control devices using Flowol and models.
To help them practice their new skills we teach an integrated unit at the end of Year 5 that includes all of the above areas of ICT. This involves planning a trip into space with a translator robot to look for friendly aliens.
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In Year 6 children learn about multimedia presentations – using Mediator to produce an interactive CD Rom about themselves aimed at an audience of French school children. Their CD Roms include linking buttons, inserted animation, sound and video clips.
They also begin to:
- answer ‘what if’ questions, using spreadsheet modelling in Excel;
- use the internet to carry out complex searches of large databases;
- interpret information thinking about bias and plausibility; and
- use control and monitoring technology to explore hypotheses.
To help them practice their new skills we teach an integrated unit at the end of Year 6 that includes all of the above areas of ICT. This involves managing a brand new band and planning their tour of the UK.
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In Year 7 pupils follow the new Key Stage curriculum and carry out a number of intergrated projects. These include producing an organised and interactive multimedia presentation with appropriate text, images, sound and video aimed at advising parents about e-safety for their children. They will then run a virtual ethical school shop, producing financial models using Excel, carrying out market research and producing advertising material. We use virtual money to test these shops out and understand how well their models have worked in practise.
They also use Viewpoint to learn how to add to and amend databases and consider data-validation techniques that might be used to check the data for accuracy as well as designing data collection forms to solve a problem. They use control technology to program and refine an animated game using Scratch.
Throughout the year they are encouraged to think more independently, make more of their own choices and justify and explain their work.
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In Year 8 pupils follow the new Key Stage curriculum. They work on a variety of projects including an introductory unit about the impact of ICT on the individual and society as well as e-safety. They also design and build a website aimed at a particular audience or range of audiences. This project includes learning about HTML, analysing existing websites and identifying successful features before planning, creating and refining their own.
- use spreadsheets to build effective models to test a hypothesis and solve problems;
- use the internet and other sources to research a contentious topic. They must consider the usefulness, provenance, reliability, status and bias of information found and used; and
- use presentation software and data handling software to present their findings and arguments.
In addition to the above they carry out an integrated unit which allows them to practice and develop the skills they have learned over the year. In previous years they have worked on a variety of projects including one based around the Alnwick 700 festival. Our Year 8s produced presentation material and interactive resources to celebrate Alnwick's history. We took a selection of the best work to the festival for the public to see and use. For example, they produced interactive time lines and quizzes, games (using Scratch), presentations (PowerPoint and PhotoStory) and videos. The project allowed the children to make their own decisions about what would be appropriate for the expected audience, whether to work independently or in small teams and to scope and solve problems, plan and use a range of software, organise and present their work. This project involved liaison with other middle schools in our partnership which we have a history of working closely with.
This year the Year 8s are working in groups to develop their own political party and plan an election campaign for our local constituency. This involves carrying out research, tracking voting trends using spreadsheets, creating a party logo and identity, agreeing policies, carrying out a live 'TV debate' and creating election materials such as flyers, party political broadcasts and a manifesto.
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