At South Avenue, our curriculum is designed with the intent that each child becomes a caring, confident and curious young person with a passion for learning and achieving. Through the teaching and learning of Computing, we encourage children to be inquisitive throughout their time at school and beyond. At our school we appreciate that technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal role in our children's lives. We want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our children to become innovators, not merely consumers, and we aim to include a broad curriculum (which includes: computer science; information technology; and digital literacy).
We intend to build a computing curriculum that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society where pupils can evaluate and apply their computing knowledge, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
Finally, we aim to ensure our computing curriculum is cross-curricular, as much as possible, to allow for flexibility in the coverage but also so that children can see that computing can be used in other subjects (and that the skills they are learning are highly transferrable). This will result in our children understanding and appreciating that computing plays a large role in the 'real' (working) world and that they are well-prepared for this when they are older.
The curriculum was assessed and reviewed during Term 5 and 6 of the academic year 2019-2020. It was found that Teachers & HLTA’s have access to a good Computing SOW that follows the current Computing national curriculum.
- Elements of ICT and Computing used to support learning across variety of subjects- (e.g. ipads- maths apps to learn times tables etc)
- Children are largely interested in Computing and have high levels of wellbeing and involvement during the sessions; and Teacher’s and HLTA’s have access to appropriate hardware and software to teach the computing curriculum.
- Teaching and learning should facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Children will have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.
- Ensure a useful and easy to use SOW is available to all teachers to ensure good coverage of NC and teachers time is utilised well when planning Computing for their respective year groups with a flexible cross curricular focus.
- The importance of online safety is shown through displays within the learning environment and computing lessons.
- Learning of computing skills/knowledge are taught flexibly (i.e computing skills may be taught in a Science based unit of work)
- Ensure hardware and software are of a good standard to support the Computing lessons such as laptops, wi-fi connections etc
- Secure place to save children’s work- exemplification of computing.
- Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.
- Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.
- Children’s work is being saved on the newly constructed P-drive- to help evidence the progression children are making during their time at South Avenue Primary School.
- Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
- Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.
- The computing curriculum will become wider and move away from a main computer programming bias.