Computing curriculum statement
In Computing, our intention at Maplefields is to give our pupils the opportunity to:
- Have sufficient knowledge to stay safe online, to enable them to embrace and utilise new technology and social media in a socially responsible way for everyday life.
- Promote a sense of independence through the mastery of Basic Skills and concepts such as open, save load, which enable pupils to take on increasingly complex tasks or problems with little or no support.
- Become fluent in the fundamental principles of computer science in the concepts of Logic, Algorithms and Data representation. Introducing and increasing knowledge of programming through a variety of computer languages.
- Develop communication skills, staying aware and up to date with the constant advances in computing technology and equipping themselves with the skills required for success in the ever-changing career landscape.
- Problem solve through applying existing information technology to new or unfamiliar situations. Including breaking down problems in to a series of smaller and simpler steps, seeking solutions to these problems and solving increasingly complex tasks.
- Build self-esteem and confidence through a structure and routine of sequential learning that builds on basic skills, becoming autonomous, independent users of computing technologies allowing experience to inform judgements that also link to real world concepts gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities.
- Incorporate Cross curricular skills such as reading, comprehension and affective use basic mathematical skills through the use of age appropriate programs (excel), support learning across the entire curriculum allowing further building of the understanding of the uses of computing in the real world.
KS1 pupils are taught to use computers correctly. Creating, editing and saving files which they can open and use later and recognising common uses of technology both inside and outside of school. Also included is safe use of technology, a key area specifically focusing on knowing where to go for help. The programming aspects taught in KS1 are focused on logical reasoning and using precise and clear instructions to enable predictions of the behaviour of simple programs.
KS2 pupils are introduced to the internet and how to search safely and effectively to find information. There is more of an emphasis on computer programming and all pupils continue to learn to write programs to achieve specific goals. An increased emphasis on correcting basic programs is also present. To help motivate pupils we use hardware like Laptop computers, IPad, Beebots and Probots.
Year 7 Computing is very wide ranging and introduces the students to many new aspects of the subject. E safety is their first focus and essential for keeping every pupil aware of how to stay safe when using technology and social media networks. During year 7 students are introduced to the basic skills needed to become a successful computer programmer through using Scratch and Logo computer languages. Students will also develop their basic knowledge of computers, the history of computers, how they now affect the world we live in.
Throughout all these topics there will be an emphasis on developing patience, understanding of other’s needs, and a promotion of self-organisation, and working to deadlines.
Year 8 is a when the focus moves towards the role computers play in the world today with the web, social media and new technologies all examined in detail. Areas covered are this year are E Safety and the Safe use of technologies. Scratch Programming and Control software provide the pupils with a look at the many way’s computers are used in the business and manufacturing. Flow charts used in control software used in real life situations like traffic Lights, Air Traffic Control, and new car technologies. Another area focused on in year 8 is the use MSOffice now seen as an essential part of everyday life. Finally, an introduction to Web design where pupils create a website containing working hyperlinks, text, images galleries and video. Throughout year 8 an emphasis will be placed on independent learning and individual problem-solving skills.
Students this year will be asked to develop further the skills they already have and to start combining these to solve problems given in the form of in-depth projects. They will also be learning the basics about the internal components of computers and how they work, this will include how computers store and retrieve data, binary coding and logic gates. In addition to this, pupils will use more job specific programs to develop their web design and APP programming skills and E safety will be revisited to ensure pupils continue to stay safe. Pupils will also begin to learn the general-purpose computer language of Python
Greater complexity, more information and a more in-depth tasks will test pupils to a higher level. The self-management skills expected from students this year will include the ability to set work priorities and to develop the self-discipline to work to them which will start to prepare pupils for their exam course in year 10.
During year 10 all pupils will study the City and Guilds ICT Functional Skills component. The course is assessed from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2 with candidates starting at an appropriate level. This qualification in ICT helps young people to succeed in all aspects of life, and has been developed to help inspire candidates to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. Functional Skills is a very popular qualification with a particular focus on developing workplace skills, also providing an avenue towards apprenticeships.
An option in ICT is also offered in year 10 for those who wish to take the subject at a higher level. The aims of this City and Guilds qualification are to keep pace with the fast-changing information technology sector and allow candidates to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment or a career within the ICT industry. The course provides valuable accreditation of skills such as word processing, website design and general computing knowledge for candidates.
Candidates will complete the City and Guilds ICT Functional skills course. The course provides opportunities to become familiar with how computer technology works in society and helps candidates develop their problem-solving skills. The course provides them with skills that can be applied in day-to-day life whilst providing realistic targets for success, encouraging them to develop computing skills and enabling the more able learner to progress to GCSE.