Our aim in computing is to ensure that all our pupils become computer and technology literate to support with their future education, the world of work and adult life. We also focus strongly on staying safe when using technology.
At Southbrook, all pupils receive one discreet lesson a week of Computing. In addition to this they have opportunities in all subject areas to use laptops, iPads and other forms of technology. Every class now has access to a set of computers to support their learning.
Our pupils will learn a range of practical skills through a variety of tasks and contexts. There are four key areas of learning in computing: digital literacy, online safety, programming and practical ICT skills. While developing their ability in these areas, pupils will recognise and use common programmes and apps, developing competency and flexibility. Programming elements promote an understanding of sequencing and cause and effect, as well as language skills.
Online safety is a key component of our computing curriculum, and links closely with the relationships component of the PSHE curriculum. Our cohort uses social media and communication tools frequently outside of school, and we are committed to giving them the tools and knowledge to keep themselves safe, get help if they need it and protect themselves online.
Once they have been given an opportunity to learn and develop basic skills in KS3, our pupils will develop their ICT skills for particular purposes such as research, presenting information (such as for careers, college courses or CVs). In doing so, we are able to tailor their experience of ICT in line with their ambitions, needs and future destinations, and this is why computing sits within Personal Social Development session in KS4.