Computing at Benton Dene School is split into two focus areas. One focus area is the specific teaching of the computing curriculum, including Computer Science, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Online Safety. Each term, there is a new project to develop skills and challenge our pupils. The second focus area is computing and technology used in other subject areas i.e. the use of I Pads and apps, laptops and cameras etc, to enhance the learning and understanding of each pupil.
Our school is very proud of the work that we do in computing. The use of computers, IPads, programmable robots, and other digital devices including AAC resources are all an integral part of our curriculum and are used in a huge range of our lessons and classes throughout school. We use these devices to develop creativity, independence and organisational skills, enhance deeper thinking skills as well as to engage and challenge our pupils throughout all subjects in the curriculum.
We have specific computing lessons to learn about all areas of the computing curriculum, including Computer Science, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Online Safety.
Computer science: Understanding algorithms, creating and debugging computer programs, using logical thinking and understanding how computers work.
Information technology: Using technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
Digital literacy: Using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. The ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information
Online Safety: Using the internet safely by understanding how to access online material in a critical way to ensure that they keep themselves from harm, accessing secure websites, understanding what to do if an issue occurs.