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Computing

From September 2014 all schools have been expected to follow the new Computing Curriculum rather than the traditional ICT Curriculum. Computing is divided into 3 distinct areas: coding, digital literacy and the history of computing. Coding or programming is the big new push where pupils learn to control computers rather than just use them. Digital literacy is using computers to write, manage data or draw. It includes tools such as Microsoft Office, but also newer devices such as smart phones and tablets. The history of computing includes feature right back to ancient Egypt.

Running through all this we learn about ESafety- not just in school on computers, but at home and on social networks.

Key Stage 2

Computing is taught in a weekly timetabled lesson in Primary 2 and Primary 3. Computers and tablets are used to develop skills in computing and digital literacy on an individual as well as small group and class basis. The development of this skills base decreases our pupils’ barriers to learning through enhancing their ability to communicate and to access information, developing and supporting learning throughout the whole curriculum. E-safety is taught as a specific area in the Primary Department, as well as being addressed within topics as appropriate.

Long Term Plan:

Term Focus
Autumn Word processing skills / presentation skills
Spring Paint programs / Computer art
Summer Computer programming / programming toys

In Key Stage 4 and 5 we have looked at Entry Level, GCSE and Level 1 qualifications, but have decided to use AQA unit awards to certificate ICT as matching the needs of our pupils. Where we have pupils capable of Level 1 and 2 work, who show an interest in computers, we offer Level 1 and 2 Media Studies. This qualification has been successful in the past as it engages pupils, prepares them for the world of work and continues to be approved for use in school, as it contains an element of examination.

ICT across the school.

In Newman School we follow the programmes of study for Computing up to Key Stage 3. The emphasis of the subject has shifted to programming and information technology, and we are addressing these changes, but are also making sure we address the issues that affect our pupils everyday needs: communication, information gathering , e-safety and cross curricular academic progress.

Newman school has been traditionally strong in Media and we have recently introduced formal qualifications in Creative and Media in Key Stage 4. Students have achieved grades up to level 2 as well as continued to support their learning across the curriculum.

Many students in Newman School have very specific needs when it comes to accessing new technologies. We constantly look to supporting access with facilities such as eye gaze computers, iPads, touchscreens, switches, Bluetooth, adjustable furniture, talking calculators and new classroom presentation screens.