ICT and Computing
At Abbeymead Primary School, we use the Teach Computing Curriculum, curated by The National Centre for Computing Education. The aim of our 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 successful digital citizens.
Our curriculum puts a clear emphasis on three main areas of learning:
Computer science - How computers work, 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.
Our whole school overview is adapted to meet our pupils needs on an ongoing basis and is brought to life by enthusiastic teaching, coupled with a strong range of equipment and resources.
E-Safety - Please see our E-Safety page here
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.
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.
Digital Leader trip to Skill Zone
- immersive film
- 3D design, print, scanning and prototyping
- Coding & micro-computers
- Virtual & Augmented reality
- Advanced digital design & animation
- Full Adobe Creative Suite
How can I help my child with Computing?
Here are some websites you could use to start discussions about computing with your child. They include lots of fun, interactive games which will help embed the skills they have been taught at school.
Computer Science - Coding
Information Technology - Data Handling
Information Technology - Typing
Digital Literacy - E-Safety
Computing and STEM Days Out (National)
If your child is particularly interested in computing and other STEM subjects, these attractions may be of interest:
Safer Internet Day
We observe Safer Internet Day in school every February. This is done through a range of activities and assemblies which take place across the week. We also provide links and activities for parents and carers to try at home with their children.
National Coding Week
National Coding Week begins on the third Monday in September, each year with a different theme. 2023's theme was AI. At Abbeymead, coding is woven into our curriculum and is taught across the year, but we make a special effort to share our favourite coding websites and activities with parents and carers during National Coding Week.
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