Computing at Pendle
Subject Leader - Mrs Schofield
The Computing curriculum prepares pupils for their future in an ever changing world in which work, gaming and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. The children of today have the opportunity to access devices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We recognise that the use of technology is an important tool in both the society we live in and in the process of teaching and learning. It continues to rapidly evolve and we at Pendle have a duty to ensure we educate children to both use and create content safely. Pupils use computing tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ computing skills to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of sources.
Our vision is for all teachers and learners in our school to become confident users of ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enables them to use appropriate computing resources effectively as powerful tools for teaching & learning. The curriculum is taught through half termly units, each one incorporating e-safety activities and advice throughout. We firmly believe that teaching pupils to use the internet and online games responsibly are positive values for life. These values are built upon and re-enforced throughout a child's life at Pendle.
All children have a weekly session in our ICT suite, to ensure full coverage of the national curriculum computing requirements, from Computer Science to Digital Literacy and Information Technology. Thanks to a school investment in Apple iPads, technology is becoming more widely embedded across all aspects of the curriculum and we continue to enhance and develop our skills here too.
When possible, we continue to provide the children with extra-curricular activities to broaden and improve the abilities of our talented pupils, through Code Club and the Creative Club (drawing on iPads).
We follow an adapted version of the NCCE scheme. Here is Pendle's journey through Computing from Y1-Y6. Our youngest pupils in EYFS continue to follow a separate scheme, introducing them to keyboards and early mouse skills.