Through the Computing curriculum, we endeavour to provide our children with the knowledge and skills that will help them to succeed as the technological world changes and develops around them. At Ashurst Wood we are fortunate to have the use of innovative technologies such as interactive televisions in every class, laptops and tablets.
The Computing curriculum focuses on three strands that will support the children to become not only computer literate, but skilled creators and adaptors of technological programs:
1. Computer Science – the children use software such as Scratch to code (write instructions for computer programs) taking account of variables and improving the effectiveness of commands they are writing. This will underpin their understanding of how computer programs work and will open a world of career opportunities for the children to embark on in the future.
2. Information Technology – this aspect is similar to a more traditional view of ICT. The children will learn how to use word processing programs to present information including photographs, videos, research and web pages. We also expect the children to be able to analyse their learning and to target their presentations to particular audiences.
3. Digital Literacy – in this strand we will support the children to understand how to use the internet and technology safely and respectfully. We will teach them different methods of digital communication that will support their learning, as well as encouraging them to become discerning of digital content.
(Our curriculum is based on the Computing Program of Study which was published by the DofE in September 2014).
We are keen to encourage the use of technology throughout all areas of learning and not just in standalone lessons. The children will be able to access the laptops or tablets throughout the week, which will provide learning opportunities that would not ordinarily be possible. All curriculum areas benefit from the provision of our tablets. Apps are carefully selected and downloaded to best help children move forward in different subject areas.
If you would like any further information about computing in our School, please contact Mrs Blake Hatton, our Computing Leader.