"Every girl deserves to take part in creating the technology that will change our world,
and change who runs it."
- Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
At Athersley North Primary School we want pupils to be MASTERS of technology. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students’ lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly, and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology (especially social media) to model positive use. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education. Building our knowledge in this subject will allow pupils to effectively demonstrate their learning through creative use of technology.
We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skillful computer scientists.
We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
There is an emphasis on the importance of online safety for all year groups.
What is taught in Computing?
We teach Computing using 3 main strands and those are:
Have a look at the units that are taught over the year whether your child is in KS1, LKS2 or UKS2.
We use a range of resources when we teach Computing. We use Beebots, micro: bits, crumbles alongside access to our Computing suite that houses 34 computers as well as Chromebooks, laptops and iPads.
Vocabulary plays an important part within all subjects at Athersley North Primary School. Within Computing, we teach new vocabulary within each Key Stage. Have a look here to see how our vocabulary progresses.
Substantive knowledge in computing is understanding how to use technology, how to be safe and knowing how to program. This is developed through deliberate practice and by children applying their knowledge of how to be computational thinkers. Have a look at our substantive concepts (we know them as key strands).
“Computational thinking is an important life skill, which all pupils now need to develop. It is central to both living in and understanding our digitally enriched world. It is a cognitive process involving logical reasoning by which problems are solved across the whole curriculum and through life in general.” (Computing at School, 2015)