At Plaistow and Kirdford we recognise the importance of preparing our pupils to be good 'digital citizens' using technology in a safe and responsible manner in order to benefit from all of the wonderful opportunities it presents. Digital learning is part of a holistic education and we balance the focus on technology with an appreciation of the environment, the arts and both academic and non-academic achievement.
Technology and our classrooms
Technology is a fantastic tool that can supplement and support the learning that goes on in our classrooms. Digital learning is well resourced with every class having access to computer bases in their classrooms, laptops and iPads. Each classroom is furnished with a state-of-the-art touchscreen panel. Our IT infrastructure and systems are professionally supported via JSPC a firm specialising in school IT support. We have robust filtering in place and strong measures for monitoring the safety and wellbeing of our pupils while using technology.
Our school has a clearly defined digital strategy, focusing on three key areas, communications, operations (including security) and digital learning for our pupils.
Our strategy is to give children the best possible digital advantage through the opportunity to learn skills and experience, including emerging technologies not covered in the curriculum.
Equip our pupils to deal with the hyper-connected world in which they live;
Educate them on being good ‘Digital Citizens’ through teaching them about such matters as online image / reputation, etiquette and civility, support and collaboration;
Support efforts to make Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School a centre of excellence for teaching;
Use technology to support all elements of education and all topics (physical education, science, arts, languages, back-office / support systems, etc);
Explore partnerships with third parties (public, private and third sector) so the children can learn - hands-on - about emerging technologies like 3D printing, virtual reality, film making, etc.;
Establish working, review and governance processes to monitor progress in this area and share findings with other educational institutions be they in county, nationwide or international; and
Embrace additional and high quality support (from parents, carers and third parties) through the design and implementation of relevant systems.