The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of the National Curriculum and is a key skill for every day life. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Birchwood School we recognise that pupils are entitles to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively and support learning in other subjects.

Digital Literacy including E-safety

Digital Literacy allows children and young people to recognise that information technology can be used both in school and in the wider world. It develops a respect for keeping personal information private and to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly and to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.

E-safety is essential to ensure that young people know how to keep themselves safe, what is safe to share and with whom, to know the difference between real and fake, the importance of passwords, what is on-line bullying and who to trust.

Computer Science

Computer science allows young people to understand algorithms, how to create and debug simple programs and to allow the opportunity to develop logical reasoning. It provides children and young people with an understanding of computer networks including the internet.

Information technology

Information technology allows children and young people the understanding of how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital a safe and effective way. It allows children and young people the skills to select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content.

BWS 23 Computing