Purpose of Study
Through our computing curriculum at Markyate Village School, we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We also want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child.
Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computing lessons, we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
At our school, computing is taught in discreet computing lessons weekly. The computing curriculum is delivered through detailed scheme of work called the 'Teach Computing' curriculum which has been adapted to meet the needs of our children by their teacher. Having discreet lessons means that the children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum at the wider curriculum. In computing lessons the children will use chromebooks to access a range of apps and software. Discreet computing lessons will focus on the curriculum skills of information technology, digital literacy and computer science.