At Welland Academy we want pupils to be MASTERS of technology and not slaves to it. 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 understand that there is always a choice with using technology, including social media. 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 curriculum is balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively, across other subjects, which will in turn help our pupils become skilful 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 Year 6, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
The computing curriculum at Welland Academy focuses on;
- Understanding Technology
- Digital Literacy
Knowledge and skills progresses using a variety of programmes and applications, including Teach Computing, Purple Mash, Scratch, Microbits and a wide variety of Microsoft Applications.
Children across the academy have weekly computing lessons, however their skills are also applied throughout other subjects, such as English, Art, Design and technology. Children use their expertise of Microsoft applications such as Sway, Thinglink, Onenote, Paint 3D to communicate in other areas of the schools curriculum.
Alongside this, we have progression in the basic computing skills, including word processing, copying, saving, editing etc.
Our pupils are also taught various accessibility tools as part of their everyday learning.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through OneDrive, Sharepoints and Teams. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes.