At Parkside, we understand the importance of a high-quality education in computing. The world we live in is becoming increasingly digital, and we want children at Parkside to be equipped with the computing skills and knowledge they need in order to be active and responsible citizens in a digital world, and for their future careers.
Through the use of the iCompute scheme of work, we are able to support children in developing their computational thinking and technical skills. The programme is underpinned by the three main aspects of the National Curriculum:
To ensure coverage of these aspects, computing is taught in weekly, discrete lessons across KS1 and KS2. Our engaging curriculum draws on areas of interest for the children (such as creating podcasts about school trips, 3D-modelling to design a new playground, using spreadsheets to plan a class party, or building a new video game level). We want our children to have a good understanding of the many uses and purposes of computing, knowing the wide variety of things that can be achieved using technology.
Our school’s values and aspirations for our students extend to the digital world. We support children to use technology safely and respectfully, leaving positive digital footprints when using the internet. We ensure that they know where to go for help if they have concerns or feel uncomfortable online.
We do this in a range of ways: whole-school and in-class assemblies; PSHE lessons about online safety as part of our ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ programmes; one computing lesson each half term dedicated to e-safety; and a range of visitors and workshops with experts coming into school to talk to the children and provide training for staff.
Please click the links below for further information and advice about how you can keep your child safe online, and support them to make informed and responsible choices when accessing the internet outside of school.