A high-quality computing education allows pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We intend for all children to be confident and creative in their use of computing; it is our role to help ensure that we deliver lessons that provide the children with the opportunities to achieve this.
We have implemented a computing curriculum that is sequential, building upon existing knowledge and skills which provides children with opportunities that develop their Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science knowledge.
The core of computing is Computer Science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems and applications work, and how to apply this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Underpinning this is regular learning regarding digital literacy and online safety—ensuring children are confident in how to stay safe and understand how to navigate the online world with confidence.
As an Apple Distinguished School, we have embedded the Apple ‘Everyone Can Create’ documents into our Computing Curriculum. This will ensure that digital skills are taught explicitly and applied across the curriculum so that children can apply knowledge in a range of contexts and enhance their learning.
At Mere Green, we want our Mere Green child to leave school with a strong understanding of how to stay safe online, the ability to create engaging digital content, and have had exposure to the growing number of careers Computing has to offer.
The Computing curriculum, which is inline with the National Curriculum expectations, is ambitious. To support children in successfully progressing through the curriculum, our school values are embedded:
– Learners show mental strength to overcome challenging concepts and produce high quality projects.
– Through a range of learning opportunities, children contribute to one another’s progress by collaborating and offering one another support.
– The computing curriculum supports our pupils in thriving by developing their interests, sharing the possible careers linked to Computing and facilitating a thirst for knowledge.
For pupils who may need additional support, lessons are scaffolded to support them in progressing through the curriculum. Facilitated through 1-2-1 iPad, children can record their learning through multiple means of expression, access recorded model videos, and receive a wide range of feedback to move their learning forward.