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Computing & Online Safety

Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we intend to equip our children to be active participants in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. At Parkside we aim for all pupils to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. We also intend for all pupils to know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others. Parkside pupils will be taught to recognise acceptable/unacceptable online behaviour and to be confident in a range of ways to report any concerns they may have.
In computing pupils will develop the following core skills:
  • Cause and Effect
  • Computational Thinking (problem solving)
  • Collaboration with peers
  • Digital Literacy (The skills you need to live, learn, and work in a society that uses digital technologies like internet platforms, social media, and mobile devices)
  • Confidence in using computers and the internet safely
  • Pupils will have opportunities to:
  • Access technology across the curriculum
  • Access specific technology for specific needs e.g. communication, physical, sensory
  • Meet and interview people who use ICT in their job
  • Experience simple coding algorithms
  • Communicate their ideas using technological software
  • Tinker with technological hardware including programmable toys
(For those that need a  more need for sensory and multi-sensory approaches to learning).
Digital Literacy Information Technology Computer Science
  • Technology in the world
  • Cause and Effect
  • Control and  Explore
  • Using a mouse and keyboard
  • Saving, editing and printing
  • Computing in the  wider world
  • Multimedia  apps, software and  websites
  • Computational Thinking (problem solving)
  • Programming  and Coding
The overall impact of the computing curriculum will ensure that our pupils will be prepared for the challenges of using digital technology and how it can enhance their daily lives. Pupils at Parkside will leave feeling confident, competent and safe users of technology.

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