At Dorchester, we aim to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology. We use a range of devices and software in order to teach our Computing Curriculum, including Chromebooks and iPads as well as the use of VR headsets and Beebots to give them enriched learning opportunities. Our goal is to ensure that all pupils become digitally literate; equipping them with the 21st century skills they will need for the future.
The curriculum is divided into three strands:
Information Technology: using technology to create, store, manipulate and retrieve digital data
Computer Science: the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming;
Digital Literacy: how to use online technologies safely, effectively and responsibly
Online Safety is important at Dorchester as we help the children to understand how to be responsible users of the Internet as they gain independence and knowledge in a safe learning environment.
Children are taught to be aware of the 4 main risks involved in using the Internet, often referred to as the 4C’s.
Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
Commerce: these are risks such as online gambling, inappropriate advertising and financial scams.
Online safety is taught through discrete lessons using the 'Education for a Connected World' framework. It is also embedded into lessons throughout the year, ensuring that technology is always used safely and respectfully.