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Alt Bridge Computing Department Curriculum Intent 2020-21

 

Intent:

At Alt Bridge School we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment.

Through our computing curriculum at Alt Bridge School we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing.

We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.

Implementation:

At Alt Bridge School, computing is taught in discreet computing lessons. The computing curriculum is delivered through our own scheme of work: -based initially on Knowsley City Learning Centre’s 2016 scheme of work. We now have a personalised curriculum to meet the varied needs of our students.

Every lesson in our scheme has been individually planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place at school and so that it can meet the needs of all our pupils. Our scheme has been closely referenced against whole school attainment targets in order to ensure progression and coverage.

Having discreet lessons means that the children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum.

In computing lessons the children will use either the computer suites or iPads in order to access a range of apps and software. Discreet computing lessons will focus on the curriculum skills of information technology, digital literacy and computer science. Children’s progress will be assessed both formatively and summatively. Children will be given feedback and ways to improve their work either written, verbal or via the Seesaw app.

Computing at Alt Bridge offers pupils with a range of learning opportunities. Computing is a fundamental subject for the 21 st Century and pupils learn to build their computing skill set throughout KS3 and KS4. Lessons are personalised to the individual needs of the learner.

Pupils are introduced to ICT and shown how to log on and save work followed by fundamental rules when using ICT in school.

Pupils in KS4 are working towards Edexcel Functional Skills ICT.

Key Stage 3 Courses

Throughout Key Stage 4, Years 10 and 11, pupils follow a Functional Skills course in Computing.
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