Technology is not just a tool. It can give learners a voice that they may not have had before - George Couros
Our vision is for pupils to be creative, digitally literate and responsible digital citizens who know how to keep themselves safe online.
What do the children learn and when?
How do we teach computing?
At Penwortham, we have a specialist Computing teacher who works with all pupils from years 1-6 on a weekly basis. Teachers apply the skills pupils have been learning in their Computing lessons across the wider school curriculum. For example, children have the opportunity to create presentations, podcasts, films, blogs, websites and books using technology in a range of subjects. Computing lessons are practical and use a variety of resources such as iPads, Chromebooks and Beebots.
In Computing lessons, the children learn to use a range of software on a deep level, building on skills taught in the previous year group. During their time at Penwortham, they will have the chance to use software including Scratch, Garageband, Book Creator, Daisy The Dinosaur, Puppet Pals, Draw and Tell and iMovie.
Our Computing curriculum places Online Safety at its core. This is embedded into all Computing lessons and also taught discretely by class teachers during Online Safety Afternoons and National Online Safety Day. We use Project Evolve (https://projectevolve.co.uk/) resources from the Education for a Connected World framework to ensure children become competent in staying safe in the followings areas:
- Self image and identity
- Online relationships
- Online bullying
- Online reputation
- Managing online information
- Copyright and ownership
- Health, wellbeing and lifestyle
- Privacy and Security
All stakeholders in our school (pupils, staff, parents, volunteers and governors) read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy linked to our Online Safety Policy.
As part of our Online Safety provision, we have a termly meeting for our Online Safety Group to discuss any incidents or concerns in the school community. We also train pupils in Year 5 to become Digital Leaders, experts in Online Safety who contribute to teaching and learning through delivering workshops, creating podcasts, planning sessions and contributing to the school newspaper.
Cross-curricular uses of technology
Year 6 - Jamboard
Year 5 - Google Slides
Year 3 - Stop Motion
View one of our videos here.
Safer Internet Day 2021
More videos can be found here.
What children say about Computing at Penwortham