When a child leaves this school, they will be digitally literate. This will involve having the competence to use a range of technology successfully in order to express themselves and develop ideas in different contexts. They will know how to keep themselves safe when using the Internet and feel confident to use different equipment in a safe and productive manner. At the end of their time at Norton, children will have developed skills to improve their productivity in later life, for any future workplace and an ever-changing digital world.
Classes can decide whether to have a designated ‘block week’ of Computing lessons per half term or a weekly session. Teachers are encouraged to teach Computing most afternoons that week on a specific theme, for example coding. Children have the opportunity to work alone, in pairs or as part of a group using both laptops and iPads for a range of purposes. The equipment is also often used in other aspects of the curriculum for activities related to Internet research or presentations. Safety when using equipment, particularly when children have access to the Internet, is a primary focus for all staff. Safer Internet Day in February gives the whole school an opportunity to explore how children should keep themselves safe on the Internet. The school has recently purchased Purple Mash a creative online space from 2Simple. Purple Mash hosts an exciting mash-up of curriculum focused activities, creative tools, programs and games to support and inspire creative learning every day. As Purple Mash is online, children can continue their learning anywhere and anytime.