At Deal Parochial, we understand that technology is part of everyday life and for most of us, is essential to our lives at home and at work. We learn vital Computing skills and knowledge as well as ensuring technology is embedded throughout the curriculum.
The aims of the Computing Curriculum are to equip the future generations with the necessary skills for adult life and employment within the ever-changing technological environment we live in. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is vital in achieving this; therefore, we have ensured our Computing curriculum provides children with opportunities to:
- understand the ethical guidelines of using the internet safely, valuing their own identity.
- appreciate and respect advances in technology to enable them to reflect on experiences when learning about the world around them.
- actively support each other in challenging problem-solving situations where design, programming and construction is essential.
It is our aim that children will leave Deal Parochial as confident, able and responsible Digital Citizens.
We follow the Teach Computing Curriculum which enables our children to complete units in the three strands of computing (Digital Literacy, Computer Science & Information Technology) in every year group. This ensures that we have a progression of skills and knowledge as they complete this spiral curriculum.
For our online safety curriculum, we follow the Education for a Connected World framework. This is taught discretely in every year group as well as being integrated into other curriculum areas.
As children move up through the school, their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world far outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
Our online safety themes include:
- self-image and identity
- online relationships
- online reputation
- online bullying
- managing online information
- health, well-being and lifestyle
- privacy and security
- copyright and ownership