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Wider Learning - Digital Literacy

Curriculum vision


Digital Literacy allows students to acquire basic digital skills which can be used in all walks of life throughout their educational journey. Digital Literacy allows students of all skill levels to learn new skills or putting into practice existing skills to promote digital literacy. The skills learnt here will allow students to build on what has been taught in previous years such as year 7/8 and enhance their digital skills through interesting and engaging lessons.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


Year 9




Digital Literacy will provide students an opportunity to improve on their current skills of ICT. Due to students in Year 9 now in options and some students not having picked Computing and BTEC IT, this will allow students to brush up on skills such as typing, staying safe online, digital footprints and have a better understand of ICT in a practical way. This will ensure that no student is left at a disadvantage when accessing IT and will have the basics skills to keep them safe and able to use IT in school and at home correctly. The 6 sessions (lessons) are intense and cover a lot of topics within one lesson. The reason for this is to ensure students are getting the most out of the lesson and not left IDLE in the lesson. There are also options to carry on wider learning from home with some online topics which will ensure they are able to continue this in the comfort from their own home. Students will be learning the following topics: 

  • Digital Footprint: Understanding the range of ways that technology should be used safely and the consequences of leaving behind a digital footprint. 
  • E-Safety Recap:Understanding the new rules and regulations on Internet Safety and looking into different social medias and how you can stay safe whilst using these.  
  • Screen Time and Health:The importance of keeping healthy when using technology and how screen time can affect various parts of the body. Students will explore how much screen time they are exposed to and the issues with this. 
  • Social Engineering– Understanding the various crimes and ways there are that individuals can steal personal information and how to spot these online 
  • Fake News– How social media can be damaging for news and how to spot fake sources amongst real sources online.  
  • Communication and Collaboration – How students can use technology to work together and different applications there are. Students will be tasked to create their own Social Media application and present their findings to the class 
  • The Environment and Technology - Students will be looking at the Environmental Impact of using Technology and what issues these cause the planet. Students will also explore the use of alternate technologies in the future to protect the planet and animals.   


Students will also be signed up to IDEA Award/Touch Typing which will allow students to practice skills online alongside the topics taught.  


For Digital Literacy, the impact for students is that they are able to learn about technology and the basic skills of Digital Literacy as per the National Curriculum for KS3 and 4 without having to pick Computer Science/IT as a subject. Students will feel confident in using online applications and become more technologically aware and alert. Students will also be confident in using various online applications and become more knowledgeable of the dangers of the World Wide Web and understand what to do if an issue arises. Digital Literacy also provides support to all students, regardless of ability and understanding – where all students can learn. The skills picked up here will allow students to be prepared for the wider world of work and employment.