At Blackpoool Gateway Academy, we aim for our children to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of ICT (information, communication and technology) becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future.
Children in all Key Stages have access to class set of chromebooks and iPads. The children are taught using Interactive whiteboards, visualisers, digital cameras, iPods, voice recorders, and numerous other technologies. Each class has its own Class Dojo where they share information about their week through the mobile app.
There is a key emphasis on learning skills for computing; these will include programming, debugging and exchanging information. Our children are taught how to access information, evaluate its suitability, store it, share it with others and tailor it to meet their own needs.
Digital Literacy is a big part of the curriculum, with children learning how to use ICT safely – at regular points throughout the year children undertake online safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe.