My name is Mr. Wall and I am the leader of Computing at Laycock.
I believe that the Laycock Computing Curriculum provides students with the computer literacy skills they need to navigate life in the 21st century. Laycock students are interacting with computers and computing technology every day, both inside and outside school and therefore require an understanding of how computers work and the impacts they have on society. It is crucial that students learn students to engage with technology in a safe and meaningful way that will improve their own and others’ lives.
Our Computing Intent
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 every day 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 every day 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 into our daily routines. We believe that the integration of technology into our learning spaces will not only spark curiosity amongst our pupils, but will also provide them with the tools and skills they need to become independent learners. Technology in the learning space removes any of the barriers that classroom walls traditionally present and allows for an endless amount of opportunity for pupils to engage with and explore knowledge and understanding about their world and beyond.
In dedicated Computing lessons, pupils will be taught to understand computing systems and how they work, in order for them to practice skills of computer programming. Pupils 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. Pupils 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.
Our Computing lessons
At Laycock, we use Purple Mash as a scheme of work for our Computing curriculum.
The Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work is a powerful comprehensive resource aligned to the National Curriculum and EYFS Framework which supports schools with achieving excellence in Teaching & Learning for Computing. The Scheme of Work is intended to facilitate teachers in achieving the very best outcomes for pupils, regardless of starting points. It exposes pupils to a wide variety of skills, experiences and poignant real-life scenarios which supports the notion of Cultural Capital; providing the foundations that lead to well-rounded global citizens.
It contains everything that is needed to deliver inspiring and engaging lessons whilst allowing for the flexibility to meet individual school needs. We have even included additional units that go beyond the expectations of the National Curriculum, whist also adding ‘Catch up’ units to close gaps in learning