Computing @ ACE
The impact of computers and digital technology on our day to day lives cannot be underestimated and, through our computing curriculum at ACE, we give all pupils the life skills that enable them to embrace and utilise new technologies in a socially responsible and safe way, in order to flourish. We want our children to enjoy and embrace the challenges that an ever-changing digital society brings and to be able to apply their knowledge and skills across the curriculum. Through developing their problem solving, critical thinking abilities and resilience, we are opening the door to limitless possibilities for our children by equipping them with the skills, confidence and ambition to be, not just consumers, but creators of original digital content.
Our curriculum teaches children key knowledge about how computers work and how they can be used to impact society. In a world where technology plays such a vital role, our aim is for our children to play a full part in using their computing skills to shape the future. We know that technology is a tool for learning and, when used correctly, it can transform a classroom. Linked with our values, computing at ACE ensures children can not only learn about global issues, but it gives them a tool to engage with the wider world and become responsible global and digital citizens.
By subject lead - Mr A Simpson
Implementation - how we teach it
At ACE, we deliver a high quality and relevant computing curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014. We use a scheme of work centred around the disciplines of programming, creating media, understanding computer systems and networks, and data handling. Being such a fundamental and important aspect, e-safety is woven throughout each of these strands.
At ACE, we fully believe that Chromebooks are not merely a replacement for work in books, but that, when used correctly, they offer opportunities for children to create content and possibilities that simply would not be conceivable without them.
Research shows that, within education, computers can be used in different ways following the SAMR model (a framework conceived by Dr. Ruben Puentedura).
We use all of these strategies within the classroom, dependent on the desired outcome, but our aim is for all of our teachers to integrate technology so that it not only enhances education opportunities for our pupils, but ultimately transforms them.
Misconceptions can be easily identified and addressed and instant feedback can be given. This may be on something the child has created on the Chromebook itself via Google Classroom, or by using the camera as a visualiser, written work from books and whiteboards or maths manipulatives can also be shared and critiqued.
- Through Computing, our children think analytically, take responsibility and see beyond their own horizon.
- Through Computing, our children know more, remember more and do more.
- Through Computing, our children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, to be resilient and challenge themselves and each other in order to succeed together.
- Through Computing, our children are encouraged to be courageous advocates who challenge inequalities in society and are able to articulate spiritual and ethical issues.