At Laycock, we believe all learning experiences should prepare our students for life in the 21st century, and we recognise that computers and computing technology are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives. As such Laycock’s computing curriculum has been designed to prepare students for a rapidly changing world in which being digitally literate is crucial to understanding, experiencing and manipulating a broad range of work, leisure, and social experiences.
By integrating computing into our everyday routines students at Laycock will be taught and encouraged to embrace digital literacy and utilise technology in a safe and responsible way. Computing will be used to challenge students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and place them in situations where they are required to adapt and show resilience. For our diverse student population, especially those within our deaf provision, the use of technology will increase the opportunities students have in accessing their learning and demonstrating knowledge and understanding in unique and creative ways.
We believe that technology has the ability to enrich all learning experiences across the entire curriculum and we endeavour to integrate technology into our daily routines. We believe that the integration of technology into our learning spaces will not only spark curiosity amongst our students, but will also provide them with the tools and skills they need to become independent learners. Technology in the learning space removes many of the barriers that classroom walls traditionally present and allows for an endless amount of opportunity for students to engage with and explore knowledge and understanding about their world and beyond.
In dedicated computing lessons students will be taught to understand computing systems and how they work, in order for them to practice skills of computer programming. Students will be taught how to safely access and use technology such that they are able to evaluate its effectiveness and use it to analytically solve problems. Students will also be taught how technology can be used to express creativity and communicate ideas in a plethora of different ways, whilst understanding the impacts that these different means of presenting information have.