Computing Intent and Implementation
At Raleigh Infant and Admirals Academies, we follow the Teach Computing scheme of work - this ensures that the National Curriculum is covered in full. The lessons were developed with NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education). Online Safety is taught throughout the year in computing lessons, assemblies and PHSE lessons. Information on Online Safety is also shared regularly with parents.
We aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology to improve everyday tasks. With an active and practical approach to computing, children can become more fluent and independent in technology. All teachers are aware that children’s computing abilities can differ significantly from one another depending upon their familiarity with the medium they are using. Many children have some access to technology at home; however, it is essential to remember that some children will not have the same level of access. We encourage children to work both independently and in pairs to learn from each other’s experiences. E-Safety sessions run throughout our computing curriculum to ensure that children work safely and respectfully with the technology.
The computing curriculum is an integral part of our Early Years Curriculum, introducing the children to crucial elements and vocabulary. Computing is taught within and alongside many other areas of the school’s curriculum. In our dedicated ICT suite, we teach computing lessons from the end of keys stage 1 and above. We will build upon prior learning and allow the children to develop and apply their skills and knowledge as they move up through the school. There are many different forms of technology that children have access to at school. Hardware such as; laptops, iPads, printers, interactive whiteboards, cameras, headphones, microphones and Bee-bots. Software such as word processing and desktop publishing, presentation software, painting and drawing programs, spreadsheets, and various apps.
Additional opportunities: Our children also can use technology in assemblies, clubs, therapies and interventions.
Special educational needs and disability (SEND):
At our academies, we teach computing to all children, appropriate to their stage of development. Computing forms part of our desire to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. For many children with SEND, technology allows them to access and express themselves when they previously would have found it challenging. It can also be an area of personal interest for the children; they may have a higher level of enthusiasm and engagement for technology lessons. Children can also use technology to feel confident and share their knowledge with others, thus aiding their social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH) needs. For those who cannot access at an age-related level or who have specific needs (e.g. an EHCP), teachers will provide differentiated work to meet their individual needs.