Technology is vastly becoming an integral part of our lives. Here at Padiham Primary school we recognise the importance of computing and ensure it is embedded right across our new broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to develop children's perception of technology as a tool for learning, innovation and discovery, as well as helping them to understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences. We teach out children to understand how computers work as well as what measures can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.
We provide an ICT - rich environment which means children have the essential skills and knowledge to become enabling learners in our rapidly changing digital world. Our children are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards. As the children progress from KS1 to KS2, they will have opportunities to continually practise and improve the skills they have learnt, and in doing so will become increasingly confident in the application of their digital skills, efficient and effective communicators, collaborators and investigators.
When creating our new curriculum, we followed the National Curriculum computing programme of study, to ensure pupils are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills. With computer science at the core of our curriculum, we teach our pupils how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. To support and enhance our computing lessons, staff use Purple Mash, a cloud based platform which enables children to explore and embed their computer knowledge and skills in a fun and creative way.
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Keeping safe online is always at the forefront of every computing lesson. National Online Safety has a whole school approach to E-Safety with comprehension training and resources for teachers, parents and children. With National Online Safety, it ensures the teaching of online safety is consistent throughout the school and of high-quality. Pupils will engage in frequent online safety lessons based on the 8 topics outlined in the UKCIS Education for a connected world framework.
Please see our online safety policy and curriculum map below.
Online safety policy
Online safety overview
This year we will be taking part in Internet safety day! This years theme is...
Meet careful Kerry, our online safety school mascot. Careful Kerry is always on hand to help us stay safe online!