Changes to the 2014 curriculum have seen name ‘Information and Communication Technology’ replaced by ‘Computing’. Computing can be broken into three areas: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Online Safety.
"Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content." Simon Peyton-Jones - Chairman, Computing At School.
At Allens Croft, we have a computer suite that enables a whole class to be taught simultaneously. We have also access to IPADs to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum.
At Allens Croft Primary, we strive to make our children masters of Computing and to enable them to be fully confident with using technology for its intended purpose. Technology is everywhere and it will play a pivotal part in student's lives. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and we want to expose our children to different ways in which this can be done. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education.
We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
We teach using a clear and effective, bespoke cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all Key Stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science.
Here is our school overview of what units are taught in each particular year group.