Technology is an increasingly pervasive part of day-to-day life.
As such, an inherent understanding of the range of benefits offered through the effective, safe and responsible use of technology is essential for all. However, in such a rapidly changing environment, it is important that this understanding is coupled with a developing knowledge of how and why technological systems work in order to allow young people the opportunity to appreciate, accommodate and play their role in future technological innovation.
The Federation of St Elphege's Catholic Schools recognises the potential that technology offers for supporting and enriching teaching and learning in school, as well as the need to teach elements of the computing curriculum discretely. To this end, we use technology to provide increased access to the curriculum for children with special educational needs, in addition to extending the learning of the more able and enriching the learning experience of all children by:
- Enabling children to do things that otherwise they could not
- Freeing children from some repetitive tasks and allowing them greater access to composition, presentation, exploration and interpretation
- Increasing children's independence by providing immediate feedback on their decisions and actions
- Increasing motivation and concentration
- Using logical reasoning
- Developing a discerning approach to media
Technology should be used as a tool to enhance teaching and learning in all areas of the curriculum and at St. Elphege's we aim to:
- Provide an experience of technology in a way that facilitates the development of computing skills, understanding and capability in a systematic manner, involving some class or group training in a particular skill or concept, followed by time to apply and consolidate skills through appropriate and purposeful tasks
- Provide activities that are sufficiently challenging to motivate and stretch all pupils
- Allow all children to use a range of technology frequently
- Use a range of technology alongside traditional methods so that children can see the potential benefits and shortcomings of the new technology
- Foster independence, self-reliance, resilience and logical reasoning
- Facilitate the development of safe and responsible digital citizens