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Accessing Technology





Parayhouse School acknowledges the significance of developing our students’ skills in using new and emerging safely and effectively as a means of equipping them with vital future life and work skills.


We aim to use current and emerging technology to enrich and extend learning throughout the curriculum, by supporting different learning styles and providing.  The use of technology can develop creativity, thinking and problem solving skills, preparing our children for adulthood.


Our Accessing Technology Curriculum is designed to help pupils acquire confidence, proficiency, purpose and pleasure in using different technological devices and tools to become competent skilled with current and emerging technologies at a level that is suitable, relevant and appropriately challenging.  It also encompasses, at all levels, the vital task of educating our children in how to behave responsibly online and providing them with continuous support to do so.


Delivery and Content

This curriculum ensures progression in the development of knowledge and understanding of different technologies and ensures pupils are given a chance to apply new techniques and skills in relation to other subject areas, stimulating creativity.   At all times during these lessons students will also be supported to continue developing their skills at using any AAC devices they may use to aid communication.


Students in Pluto receive Accessing Technology teaching and learning throughout the day, embedded in other lessons however all other classes undertake a discrete lesson in this subject.


Children of all abilities have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in each phase and, through planned progression, we offer them an increasing challenge as they move up the school. Given the wide range of complex learning needs within each class, it is important that we offer a flexible, personalised curriculum which suits our individual students.  In addition, taking into consideration the potential change in the needs of our cohort year on year, we remain committed to revising and adapting our offering as in necessary. However, in broad terms the progressive content of our Accessing Technology curriculum coverage may look as follows:


Phase 1

Students may begin to develop their understanding of technology that is used in the home and at school and use technology through role play. They should start to understand how to use simple technology in their surroundings such as turning on a switch or pressing a crossing button. They may access simple activities using touch technology such as playing a game or taking a photo and be supported to do this with increasing control.  They may also begin to use a keyboard and mouse.

Phase 2

Students will further develop their skills for simple activities on touch technologies and keypads.  They may begin to explore mobile phones and other technologies such as those for cooking or leisure such as televisions.


Phase 3

Students will begin to use laptop and tablet devices with more accuracy and complexity e.g. creating a powerpoint and filling out online forms. They will explore mobile phone use in more detail and look at emerging technologies such as VR.  They will consider technology in relation to their personal lives e.g. games consoles and contactless payment.


Students in Year 10 and 11 may also work towards achieving OCR Functional Skills ICT qualifications.