“Those who can imagine anything, can create the impossible.” Alan Turing.
Understanding technology and its potential is essential in a rapidly changing world where the use of computers is a significant part of everyone’s daily life. Through teaching computing, we ensure that children have the necessary skills to be able to use technology in an effective, creative and confident way. A focus on the fundamental skills required when coding or dealing with new software gives our children great confidence in their abilities. This confidence allows them to tinker and explore programs – creating a thirst for learning which allows them to reach their potential.
At Giles Junior School, we not only want children to be digitally literate but through our computing lessons we want them to develop ingenuity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a wide breadth of experience – enabling them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information to others in a variety of formats.
Computing is taught in discrete computing lessons. The computing curriculum is delivered through a scheme of work based on Knowsley City Learning Centre’s scheme of work. Each lesson in the scheme has been planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure and resources we have in place at school and so that it can meet the needs of all our pupils.
The scheme has been closely referenced against the 2014 National Curriculum attainment targets in order to ensure progression and coverage.
Every year group’s first unit focuses upon digital literacy - this ensures the children understand how to keep safe online and makes sure they have the knowledge and skills to do so.
Having discrete lessons means that the children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. In computing lessons the children will use either the iPads or the chromebooks in order to access a range of apps and software.