Computing at SKA
At South Kirkby Academy we have an ever-evolving Computing curriculum, which aims to give children the transferable skills they need to be successful in an increasingly technology-focused world. We aim to ensure that all children have opportunities to use I.T., to learn to code and program, and develop computing skills that they can apply in their learning and in their lives.
SMSC in Computing at SKA
Spiritual development focuses on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose.
This refers to children’s beliefs (religious or otherwise) which inform their perspective on life and their interest in, and respect for different people’s feelings and values. In computing, children are encouraged to be creative and imaginative through use of digital products, and can create digital products which incorporate their beliefs. In addition, teachers allow pupils to share their learning and they give praise to pupils for contributions to build their sense of self and their willingness to achieve when computing.
Moral development is largely about making choices through behaviour and how you live your life.
Moral Development refers to a pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong. Through computing, pupils' develop a respectful and responsible approach to using digital technology, including mobile devices, and are given opportunities to discuss and understand the impact of their online activity on others. Respect is also encouraged for other people's views and opinions, and pupils explore the moral issues around the use of digital technology - for example, copyright and plagiarism.
Social development is about enabling pupils to have the opportunity to work effectively together, relating well to adults and participating in the local community.
Pupils are encouraged to assist one another in problem solving when computing and to display appropriate social behaviours in the classroom to respect and care for each other as a community. Pupils, as well as parents, are given support and advice regarding good practice around communication online, including the use of social media.
Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiences around the world (art, theatre, travel, etc.). It is about having the understanding and tolerance regarding cultural traditions and the beliefs of others.
Pupils are empowered to apply their computing skills and knowledge to the wider curriculum and acknowledge links between subjects. Coordinates in programming and their connections with Maths and Geography, for example. Pupils are given opportunities to discuss how developments in technology have changed our culture, particularly the rise in social networking sites and the ability to communicate instantly across the world.
Skills Progression in Computing at SKA
How our 4 school values are evidenced in Computing...
We strive to do our best!
Dedication is vital to success within computing. When programming or coding, children persevere in order to create and improve algorithms that work and are efficient. A repetitive process of: designing; evaluating; debugging; condensing; and even trial and error; is used in order to write the most effective and successful code. Children are given encouragement in order to achieve highly within all computing activities so that they can aim to become confident and competent users of ICT.
We achieve success!
Aspiration is, “a hope or ambition of achieving something.”
Children are given instant feedback when learning to code and this is provided in a range of ways through our coding scheme of work, including pictorial, written and audial. This enables children to learn from mistakes and to make accelerated progress within this area of the computing curriculum. Assemblies, whole class activities and discussions allow children to understand the importance of online safety whilst encouraging them to aspire to be safe, responsible and respectful users of technology and the internet.
We work together as a team!
Collaboration and cooperation enable children to support each other with all aspects of the computing curriculum, whether this be through problem solving through decomposition in coding, or through supporting each other to stay safe online. Pupils are taught when it is appropriate to ask for help, when to support others in their learning, and how to value and respect each other's ideas and opinions.
We are excited about our learning!
Pupils are given a variety of opportunities and learning experiences to learn about online safety, coding and how computer networks work so that they are excited and inspired in computing lessons. Learning is relevant and appropriate for the needs and abilities for all children, ensuring that every child can access and engage in the computing curriculum.
Links to some of the online programs we use: