Coordinator: Steve Ledson

Computing (formerly known as ICT) is used throughout Foxfield School and is seen to be not only the work carried out on computers, but also lessons involving digital technology, sensory and soft play room technology, Hydro pool technology, photocopying, communication technology and much more. Therefore, Computing is used not only in core subjects, but is effectively employed on a cross-curricular basis and is evident in lessons ranging from sensory P.M.L.D. work to enhancing the delivery of all curriculum subjects.

The Policy for Computing ensures that the structures for teaching and learning are relevant and motivating, offer progression and enable access to the whole curriculum.

Computing should:

  • Increase independence, and access to the curriculum.
  • Encourage pupils to gain the confidence and capability to use technology in everyday life.
  • Enhance and extend all learning.

Pupils will develop skills in, and experience:

  • Using technology in everyday life.
  • Working individually and as independently as possible on a computer.
  • Using the computer in other curricular areas.
  • Using the computer as a play and leisure activity.
  • Using technology to communicate and share with others.
  • Using the computer to present work and achievements.
  • Controlling their environment.
  • Using computers for investigative purposes (finding things out), developing ideas and making things happen, for exchanging and sharing information and also to review, modify and evaluate their work.
Differentiation of Computing between the Key Stages
The level of Computing input together with what is taught depends upon which key stage a pupil is in. At Key stage 3 Computing is taught as a discreet subject for one lesson a week throughout the year, with a general focus being on the Skills based units. At key stage 4 pupils study Computing skills through the ASDAN curriculum for one lesson a week throughout the year. The ASDAN units will be cross-referenced to skills based materials to ensure progression in computing skills and that the aims of the ASDAN curriculum are met. At post 16, Computing is taught as a discreet subject for one lesson per week. When appropriate the classes will follow ASDAN units and functional skills assessment which are tailored to suit the ability range and which also include inter-school projects to extend the curriculum to follow the ILS philosophy at Foxfield. The work is to be cross-referenced with skills based materials and assessed through the ASDAN units completed during the three years of a pupils 16+ career.

Using computers in everyday life
ICT work is not confined to the use of a computer. Valuable work can be achieved using a variety of technologies. The following list provides examples of familiar technology, which can provide relevant ICT learning experiences;

Microwave, Kettle, Washing Machine, Bank Cash Machine, Telephone, Video, Digital Camera, Digital Video Camera, Photocopiers, as well as examples from outside the school in the community, such as, Supermarket checkouts, Automatic doors, and Security cameras. All this equipment supports and complements the ICT curriculum and will often be used in other subjects such as Independent Living Skills and will be graduated in complexity and intensity as the pupil progresses through the school.

Work on the computer
All pupils should be encouraged to work as independently as possible at the computer. Access needs must be assessed, including relevant seating/positioning and appropriate software, which offers the pupil a challenging learning experience. Along with this, an assessment should be made of the risks involved in a particular pupil using the computer.

The Computers used here at Foxfield are standard type PC's. Every class room is equipped with at least one Network PC, access to a class Ipad and a interactive Iboard touch screen.