At St Joseph’s we strive to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives,. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this.
We work closely with Hi-Impact to ensure our use of technology is ‘current’ and shows clear progression across the school. We have recently revised our long term planning to ensure computing is integrated into our Curriculum of Hope topics. This allows all of our pupils to benefit from a broad curriculum that encompasses computer science, information technological and digital literacy.
Hi-Impact regularly provides children with many high quality workshops throughout the year. Such workshops provide children with opportunities to use the latest technology such as virtual reality (VR) headsets and programmable robots.
As our children already use technology in such a variety of ways and on a variety of platforms, E-Safety is becoming a vital part of our curriculum. It is increasingly difficult as parents to keep up with the rapidly changing apps/ games and platforms so it is important we ensure pupils are prepared to use technology safely under a variety of circumstances. To achieve this we use the National Online Safety program which helps schools meet their statutory safeguarding and curriculum requirements through the most comprehensive online safety programme for educators, parents and children.