Computing

Computing has the potential to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the Curriculum.

At Ribbon, we recognise society is changing and there is an increasing need for a greater level of technological knowledge and awareness amongst the population as a whole. The effective use of ICT in the classroom will help to produce a population that feels comfortable with the new technology, is able to access lifelong learning opportunities through the use of IT and can adapt to the rapid changes in this field. All the software used in school is monitored to ensure that its use is non-discriminatory and, where relevant, represents cultural diversity. Our vision is to provide a vibrant 21st Century learning environment where all students can excel. Throughout our curriculum design, we strive for our pupils to: ·

  • be creative thinkers, which will help them understand and change the world.
  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts,
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

We want our children to make strategic choices about how they work at Ribbon. No longer are children bound to pen and paper. It is vital that we provide opportunities for our children to explore other possibilities. Through a range of devices, programmes and apps our children will become critical thinkers: they will begin to make choices about how they work. We want our children to become responsible, competent and creative users of IT. When children at Ribbon reach the end of year 6, we envisage that they will be confident and inquisitive problem solvers, who use IT as a vehicle for learning.

Our Computing Overview

Our Computing Overview outlines the essential details to ensure full coverage of the National Curriculum whilst providing our teachers with the tools required to ensure our children excel beyond being computer literate. These details include: –

  • progression of teaching topics
  • identification of computing skills to teach, learn and practise
  • prioritised knowledge and facts to know, supporting an understanding and efficiency behind computing

The Computing Curriculum at Ribbon aims to teach children new skills, as well as giving children the opportunity to apply these skills in subjects across the curriculum. The computing curriculum at Ribbon teaches skills to cover the following areas:

  • Hardware
  • Media
  • Microsoft Word & Apple Pages
  • Microsoft Powerpoint & Apple Keynote
  • Communication (including iMovie & Garageband)
  • Coding / Computer Programming
  • Internet
  • E-safety

For each area above, knowledge and skills are split up appropriately and progressively for each year group, from Reception to Year 6.

Our HLTP Computing Specialist delivers Computing lessons to all children across school, making the most of their expertise and the wide range of equipment we have available such as; computers, laptops, Chromebooks, Ipads, Ipods, tablets etc… We provide our children with experience using a broad range of programmes whilst ensuring a depth of understanding within each programme. Class teachers are then responsible for providing children with opportunities to apply these skills throughout the Wider Curriculum.

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