Computing

Schools within The Pegasus Academy Trust are well resourced for the teaching of computing with ICT suites or mobile sets of laptops or IPads using wireless technology to allow them to be used whenever they are needed in the classroom.

Intent

We aim to enable children to gain the confidence and capability to use technology in everyday life; to become ‘computer literate’.

Our curriculum is bespoke to Pegasus using a combination of resources and elements from different schemes of work.  By the time they leave a Pegasus school the children will have covered a number or areas of study including: Programming, computer networks, computational thinking, programmable electronic toys, graphic design and creativity and creating their own animations.

Most of the software that we now use is ‘freeware’ – i.e. freely available via the internet or pre packed with PCs.  Software used includes: Chrome/Firefox/IE, Scratch, Python, Moviemaker/imovie, Excel, Picas, Audacity.

In truth the national curriculum can never keep up with the pace of change in technology and so we have changed our curriculum to include links to work done in English, science and maths.

Implementation

Our schools are now using 1000mbps dedicated high speed broadband connections to the internet allowing children top quickly access video and high quality graphics.

In addition we encourage children to edit various sections of our website which from 2017 is now hosted using ‘WordPress’ – reportedly the most popular website management or blogging system in use on the internet supporting more than 60 million websites and opensource (free) to users.

You can see the complete long term planning for all year groups in the Trust here.  Some of the programs we use are ‘freeware’ allowing parents and carers to download versions at home that can be used to consolidate or enhance skills.  Just follow the hyperlinks in the document.

At the Pegasus Academy Trust we also strive to ensure that our pupils understand the importance of e-safety.  If you would like to know more about keeping your child safe online, the Thinkuknow website has useful information for both parents and children.  For advice, help or to report possible internet abuse navigate to the CEOP Safety Centre.

First published on 31st May, 2017 and modified 5th September, 2019

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