Students at Pheasant Bank Academy are immersed into a world of technology. They are equipped with the skills and understanding to use computers and handheld devices effectively. In Upper Key Stage Two, pupils are provided with their own handheld device which is regularly used both inside of the classroom and whilst the students are at home. This supports our pupils to become confident and responsible users across a range of technology.

Currently our computing scheme of work focuses on the programme Purple Mash – students are encouraged to gain a knowledge and understanding of E-safety, Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. These lessons are covered during blocked out weeks for this foundation subject. Pupils, throughout their time at Pheasant Bank, will learn how digital systems work and how to create and debug programs of their own.

our book-led curriculum is planned and delivered so that pupils can apply and consolidate their computing skills within all areas of our curriculum. These subjects include all of the core subjects as well as foundation subjects such as: Science; Geography; History and Art. Our PHSE curriculum also provides further opportunities to embed our digital literacy skills.

Throughout this woven curriculum, pupils are taught how to stay safe when using technology and how to be responsible users. This is both inside and outside of school as Pheasant Bank Academy has a focus on online and gaming platforms, including social media. Online safety is taught explicitly within computing sessions and wider curriculum activities. Staff at our academy also work alongside families to ensure our pupils know what they should do in order to keep safe online. We share how to deal with any problems and what they should do if they are concerned or worried.

During the student’s transition to Pheasant Bank a strong focus is on ensuring that pupils are able to select and use technology purposefully and safely. Having already had teaching upon online safety and basic algorithms means that student’s are able to build upon this skill in their four years at our academy. This then allows classes to build upon their understanding and knowledge being provided with the opportunity to design, write and debug programs that have a specific outcome. Students are required to use logical reasoning to overcome errors within such programs as well as develop a secure understanding or computer networks: including the internet. Using their understanding of online safety, they explore the opportunities the World Wide Web can provide them, for both communication and collaboration.