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Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy in the Primary School

In the Primary School we believe strongly in the development of digital literacy as a means of preparing our students for a rapidly changing world in which technology plays a central part. We are well resourced and actively encourage our students to become responsible, independent technology users, always endeavouring to ensure our wider curriculum is enhanced by the use of technology.

Our curriculum is designed specifically for our context using the structure of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards and input from the English National Curriculum to create a progression of learning from the youngest students all the way into the Secondary School. The curriculum is developed through six strands as outlined below:

  • Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  • Strand 2: Communication and Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

  • Strand 3: Research and Information Fluency - Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

  • Strand 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making - Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

  • Strand 5: Digital Citizenship - Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behaviour.

  • Strand 6: Technology Operations and Concepts - Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Digital Literacy also provides opportunities to promote:

  • Thinking skills, through helping pupils identify relevant sources of information, develop ideas and work collaboratively to solve problems.

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, through encouraging pupils to design and implement solutions to real problems.

  • Work-related learning, through providing pupils with access to a wide range of applications and methodologies.

  • Education for sustainable development, through developing pupils’ understanding of the implications of technology for working life, society and the environment.