The new ‘Computing’ curriculum teaches children computer science, information technology and digital English. It teaches them how to code, and how to create their own programs; not just how to work a computer, but how a computer works and how to make it work for you. This is a move from focusing purely on computer English – teaching pupils how to word-process, create a spreadsheet and use programs.
As a school we are working towards technology being used in all areas of learning. The IPC scheme used by the school has been restructured to accommodate computing as well as all foundation subject areas, thereby creating stronger cross-curricular links. Computing is also being delivered within the core subject areas: English, Maths and Science.
The school’s up-to-date hardware and software support the curriculum and staff have received training to ensure that the children are supported and are able to access the technology. We have 90 Chromebooks as well as 12 tablets, some of which are to be used for monitoring and observation in EYFS with a view to use them to support SEN children. A dedicated media area for image storage and video production is available within the ICT suite and each classroom has interactive whiteboards including the music room and SEN support room.
In EYFS it is the expectation that children will learn through first-hand experience in the profile area of Knowledge and Understanding of the World.
As well as the computing curriculum we are committed to eSafety which we are delivering within every computing unit and also within our PHSE scheme. The school provides a weekly after school club for children in upper KS2 delivered by Morgan Stanley bank with a focus on coding.
Computing – Areas for Development:
- The new ‘Computing’ – Using curriculum IPC scheme of work incorporating e-safety.
- Assessment in line with new curriculum.
- Hardware and Software – Chromebooks (x90) throughout school, tablets for supporting EYFS with observation and assessment and for use with Statemented children.
- Software updates of coding programs.
- Staff training on new software programs and SEN programmes
- Code club after school for Upper KS2 delivered by Morgan Stanley.