We aim to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computing’ is a subject that much be taught if children are able to participate effectively and safely in the digital world.
A high quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deeps links to mathematics, science and design technology.
At Consett Junior School, we teach three elements of computing: Digital Literacy and Online Safety, Computational Thinking, and Computers and Hardware. We introduce a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and Interactive Whiteboards allowing them to continuously practice and improve the skills they learn.
At Consett Junior School, we follow a progression framework set out by Durham County Council, this is matched to a SoW produced by Purple Mash Education, it ensures all children leave our school with the skills in which they need for the future. The progression document allied to the SoW ensures skills are built upon year on year; building on prior learning and knowledge.
At Consett Junior School we also believe at computing can enhance our learning and teaching and so we try to use computing in as many subjects as possible. By allowing technology to be used across the curriculum, children can see the benefits of becoming computer literate for the future. By implementing computing this way we also enable the children to show how creative they can be. Children may create a news report in English with the purpose being that they will make a real report using iMovie and perform their writing; children may explain how something works in science by creating a podcast. Ultimately we are trying to implement computing not only into our computing lessons, but across every aspect of our curriculum.
To achieve our aims we will:
- Use ICT where appropriate to motivate and inspire pupils and raise standards across the curriculum.
- Develop pupil’s computing skills, knowledge, understanding and capacity through taught Computing lessons and to provide a varied opportunity to apply and consolidate their computing across all curriculum contexts.
- Assess ICT systematically with a focus on pupil’s skills and future targets.
- Encourage learning out of school hours and promote links with parents and the wider community.
- USE ICT to support all pupils to ensure they are able to reach their full potential, regardless of gender, disability or ethnicity.
- Make children aware of inappropriate use of ICT and how to use it safely and responsibly.
- Take responsibility as staff for our own continuing professional development in the Computing curriculum and ICT.
- Ensure our ICT resources are up to date, easily accessible and sustainable.
- Use creativity with technology in each and every aspect of the curriculum and life.
Our Progression document can be found below as a PDF document:
Our Curriculum coverage is as follows: