Mead Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL4 5YS

Tel: 01452371710

Email: secretary@abbeymead.gloucs.sch.uk

Abbeymead Primary School

Ready for Life

Computing

 

Curriculum Overview

At Abbeymead, we have developed our own bespoke curriculum, linked to the ‘Switched On Computing’ scheme of work, as recommended by National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education (NAACE).

The Computing Curriculum develops both skills and knowledge.  Children are taught computer science.  This includes the craft of coding, from KS1 onwards – floor and screen turtles and Beebots at KS1 to Scratch at KS2.  Children learn about programming, data, algorithms and networks.  This enables children to develop an understanding of the principles of computer science.  They develop computational thinking. There’s also a focus on problem solving: using logic and ideas about systems, patterns (and pattern languages), abstraction and decomposition.

The new curriculum puts a clearer emphasis on three areas of learning:

Computer science - how computers work and how to write algorithms and solve problems to eventually create a computer program.

Information technology - how data is represented and managed on computers.

Digital literacy - how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.

The aim of the new curriculum is to build an understanding of how computers work and how they can be used in pupils’ lives - both in their future employment and in enabling them to be good 21st Century global citizens.

At Abbeymead Primary School children are taught computing. Pupils also have the opportunity to use ICT within the class across a range of subjects. We have very good provisions for the teaching of computer skills with access to both PC's and Ipads

Our whole school overview is adapted to meet our pupils needs on an ongoing basis. 

Whole School Overview

National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study

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A Digital Leader is a pupil who is part of a Digital Leaders Team within a school, whose role it is to support the use and to further the development of ICT in school.

Interested children will need to apply for the position and interviews will be held before appointing Digital Leaders from KS2 and Year 2.  The team will then meet regularly at Computing Club.

Pupils are then given training and support to develop specific areas of ICT expertise. Once a pupil gains an area of expertise, staff may then request the use of the Digital Leader for a variety of different roles.

Typically, things that may be performed by a Digital Leader could be:

  • Test and review new ICT resources, which could be websites, software or hardware.
  • Share their skills and expertise with other pupils, classes and teachers.
  • Set up ICT equipment in classrooms for teachers.
  • Attend and lead Computing Clubs.
  • Support teachers in using ICT in the classroom.