At Penketh South, we want our children to become masters of technology and not slaves to it. Our curriculum, encompassing computer science, information technology, digital literacy and online safety, reflects this desire. We recognise the accessibility opportunities that technology can provide and are committed to ensuring that all children access computing as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to equip our children with the confidence, creativity and knowledge they will need to become successful and aspirational users of information and communication technology in the modern world.
We apply a flexible, cross-curricular approach, making it clear to our children that computing skills should be embedded throughout their learning. For example, children will apply their digital literacy skills by evaluating the reliability of digital content when researching History and DT. They will use their Information Technology skills when creating presentations, documents and spreadsheets linked to English, Geography and Science.
Online safety is taught in discrete lessons using Education For a Connected World (Project Evolve) resources and the skills gained here are also linked to PSHE. Computer science is taught in a more explicit manner and our children develop their programming skills using the Teach Computing resources.
Our Computing curriculum is high quality and planned progressively to demonstrate progression and embed current skills. Children become increasingly proficient on school equipment and have good, transferable knowledge and understanding of online safety which is transferred into their own lives. As finding the right balance with technology is an important key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle. We encourage our children to discuss and reflect on the importance that computing has on their learning, development and well-being.
Click on the link below to see what we teach in Computing: what the children need to know and understand and the skills and attitudes they will develep as they are learning Computing:-
Also, have a look at the class pages for more detail.