Over the last decade, the curriculum has shifted from teaching and learning predominantly involving Digital Literacy to the rise of Computer Science. An ever evolving curriculum ensures that schools are progressing with technology in both the types of technology that is used as well as the pedagogical understanding of how it is taught. Within education and teaching, it has become clear that children need to become equipped with the tools and skills to take an active part in an increasingly software supported and automated world. Furthermore, with the rise of technologically based jobs, it is fundamental that we expose children to where their knowledge and understanding of technology can take them in their chosen futures.
Within the primary Computing curriculum, children are exposed to a range of skills which are applicable to many areas of their learning. Just take for example the biggest strand of coding. This applies logical reasoning skills to plan, write and debug a series of algorithms to achieve a specific goal whilst maintaining a heightened level of creativity. Most importantly, during Computing lessons, you can see the spark of confidence and enthusiasm beaming from each and every child as they learn a new important skill.
Of course we focus on skill based activities but additionally our role is to fundamentally prepare children for the world of technology. In regards to keeping them safe, happy as well as avoiding the reliance of technology. For example, our new scheme of work for Computing focuses the first part of each half term on e-safety with a different focus for each class. This can vary from traditional keeping safe from strangers on the internet but also expanding this to the world of social media for our older children. Here, we explore the ‘Picture Perfect’ debate of social media and the dangers of this. “But our children are not on social media yet”, you may say. However, by preparing our children for this world early, we are ingraining an understanding that you are not to believe all that you see.
Furthermore, a sense of collaboration is the bow that ties Computing together. With the expansion of our technology in the last 2 years and the use of GSuite for Education, collaboration is seen both within Computing lessons and computer based activities across the subjects. Keeping collaboration at the forefront of our minds enhances the Brabyns spirit in that we work together. We work as a team. We are a team. This enhances further skills such as: problem solving; enhancing relationships; communication; engagement; and higher levels of retention.