Computing, ICT and Media
Computing in KS1, KS2 and KS3 follows the national curriculum. We ensure that children are taught a balance of the three main computing strands:
Computer Science – in which pupils are taught about computation, how digital systems work and develop an understanding of programming.
Digital Literacy – pupils are supported to be able to confident and safe users of information and communication technology
Information Technology – using information technology to create programs and a range of content
Although we follow the main strands of the national curriculum we have the flexibility to deliver content at a slower pace, with more opportunities for over learning.
Lessons are taught by specialist teachers who modify learning experiences to ensure language and instructions are adapted. Due to our students specific learning difficulties, we tend to avoid traditional programming languages instead focussing on more drag and drop style applications such as Scratch and Flowol. However, opportunities are given through 1:1 support and lunch clubs for students who want to improve their programming skills.
Within computer science topics unplugged activities are regularly used to help children understand the need for clear, specific algorithms. For example, can the children ‘program’ their teacher to make a jam sandwich to help them understand how to program floor robots.
Transdisciplinary teaching helps to create lessons that support children to plan, organise and sequence algorithms while also understanding the language associated with these skills.
We use a range of technology including laptops, iPads and external components including BeeBots and Lego.