LICS attaches great importance to Information and Communications Technology. It is viewed as an indispensable tool not only in teaching and learning, but also in the day-to-day management operations of the school. As a testimony to this, the entire campus is connected through a mixed topology of cabled and wireless network. All staff and students have access to dedicated broadband Internet connection. All teaching rooms are equipped with a visual display system such as an e-beam or smart board. Staff have access to a laptop or a desktop as a standard IT resource.
ICT IN PRIMARY
LICS has its own computer lab for children from the Primary Section. The spacious, air-conditioned room has a smartboard with 24 workstations and a heavy duty colour printer. All computers are connected to the school network and have Internet access. In Reception, children learn about safety precautions and the main parts of a computer. The children use the computer to begin to learn how to use the keyboard and mouse. We have an increasingly wide variety of Mathematics, English, General Knowledge and Art programs that they use.
From Year 1 to Year 6 we follow the ICT scheme based on the British National Curriculum, but adapted to make them relevant to the students and to suit the software, hardware and accessories available. All classes receive two ICT sessions a week, apart from Reception children who come once a week. The basic structure of the lessons consists of one lesson for learning a specific skill, followed by the second lesson where the skill is practised in such a way that it relates to other curriculum areas currently being covered by the class. This encourages cross-curricular linkages.
By the end of Key Stage 1, we expect students to know the basic skills, such as how to switch a computer on and off, log on and out from the network, search for information and play educational games on the Internet, use a word processing and graphics program, and print out a document.
By the time they reach Year 6 they should have known how to:
- Prevent accidents and enhance safety in the IT rooms;
- Write stories in a word-processing document and include pictures;
- Create fairly complex pictures and patterns using a graphics program;
- Draw simple shapes using a screen turtle as an introduction to Control programs;
- Program a floor or screen turtle using procedures;
- Play, record and save sound files;
- Use an e-mail program to send and receive mail;
- Use a spreadsheet for calculations and graphical modelling;
- Design and run a presentation show, complete with custom animations, transitions and sound;
- Search a database and explain its structure and functions;
- Produce an integrated document that combines material form two or more applications;
- Use advanced skills in searching the Internet for information;
- Deal with potentially offensive or unsafe material on the Internet or through e-mail.