Computing

Intent

Our computing curriculum will engage learners in building knowledge and transferable skills in using computers confidently and efficiently to enable them to move forwards in the world of life and work. They will be emersed into topics from the National Curriculum, developing digital skills, multimedia content creation and coding & programming.  

  

Through teaching computing, we equip students to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information using technology. Building confidence and skills in problem solving and finding a solution.  

 

Students will be given opportunities to develop a range of computing skills which include not only being passive users of ICT but also creators.  Our curriculum enables learners to confidently practice skills to design, build, use and evaluate when using technology. 

 

We believe that students should be encouraged to use technical vocabulary throughout their learning to deepen their understanding of computers and the programmes and algorithms they use.   

 

It is important to us that the children understand how to use the ever-changing technology to express themselves, as tools for learning and to drive their generation forward into the future.

Implementation

Our children begin their journey with technology in Early Years, with access to iPads and BeeBots. They will learn and explore with cause-and-effect toys. Teachers facilitate children’s curiosity with challenge and modelling how to use the equipment carefully and safely. 

 

KS1 & 2 Computing will be mapped and taught on a cross curricular basis within other subject areas using iPads and Laptops.  Computing is taught within our Maths curriculum.  Children will be learning coding and programming computer skills and knowledge using Expresso Coding.  

 

At KS 3 & 4 students will have a discrete computing lesson on their timetable.  Students have access to an individual device. We also have a iMac computing room for students to use a range of platforms, both Mac & PCs.  

 

The focus at KS3 will cover the computing national curriculum delivering Computing: Coding and programming, and Information technology.  

 

Students will complete different computing topics half-termly that focus on office ICT skills, data handling, finding and sharing information, multimedia and digital images, digital sound and computer science.  

 

Online safety is mapped within our PSHE learning under keeping safe.  

 

We use online resources to support the learning such as Espresso, LGFL, Microsoft Office & Teams.  Pupil will experience different platforms to work on to prepare them for the life and work. These including learning apps on apple iPads and PC laptops.  West Lea also has a iMac Media Suite where music technology, animation, video and digital art teaching and learning  happens

Impact

West Lea learners will be confident with the use of several types of technology.

To be able to transfer the skills they have learnt to other scenarios.

Students will be discussing and reflect on the impact computing has on their learning and lives.

We measure the impact of our curriculum on student learning using the following methods:

·       formative assessment through the use of quizzes, activities and completed files

·       Images of the children’s practical learning in EFL in early years.

·       Children’s work saved onto their individual accounts

·       Talking to pupils about their learning (pupil voice).

·       QA

·       Teacher Voice.