Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives, therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, creatively, responsibly, and safely.
Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills from Nursery through to Year 6 and has been prepared in consultation with our feeder secondary school to ensure children leave Mabe with the digital skills they need to succeed in key stage 3 and beyond.
Through our delivery of engaging computing lessons, children are taught not only the “how” of using technology, but the “why”, allowing them to make informed creative choices when using ICT hardware and software. To support this aim we deliver a range of tools and strategies.
Our intention is that computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school, alongside explicit teaching of computational skills.
At Mabe, we teach the computing curriculum through a mix of embedded and explicit skills across 7 strands of computing, each designed to ensure there is coverage of the national curriculum expectations and a clear progression of skills.
- Strand 1: Computer systems and networks ensures that children understand the role, history and purpose of technology in our lives. Strand 1 is taught via explicit computing lessons.
- Strand 2: Programming begins with and understanding of sequencing and instructions through unplugged activities and progresses through block coding to Python and HTML, allowing children to become creators of their own digital games and programmes.
- Strand 3: Digital media creation focusses on the development of creative digital skills including digital art, 3D modelling, digital music, animation, film and photography, teaching children to manipulate different digital effects to achieve a planned result.
- Strand 4: Digital content creation relates to the production of text-based content to communicate messages and information. This includes word processing, databases, presentations, ebooks, blogs and web pages.
- Strand 5: Data handling teaches children methods for collating, manipulating and presenting number-based information.
- Strand 6: Digital research and communication ensures our children are connected in a digital world and can use the internet objectively to find information.
- Strand 7: E-safety underpins everything we teach through computing at Mabe and is referred to in every computing lesson. Children are taught to understand the huge benefits, risks and responsibilities of being an online citizen through content, contact and conduct online.
Mabe school is Microsoft school and as such, teaches children via the use of Microsoft products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Teams. All children are allocated a Microsoft Education account which they use for the duration of their time at the school.
Teaching is delivered via a suite of laptops and iPads with the support of a number of additional website and apps (see “delivery” below) selected to offer a variety of skills and digital strategies which are used in our feeder secondary school.
Children leave Mabe school as confident and responsible users of technology. They are equipped with the skills needed to progress to the next phase of their education journey.
Computing hardware and software is utilised to enhance the learning outcomes of our children, across the curriculum.
Our computing curriculum is designed to prepare our pupils for a digital future and to help them to thrive in jobs not yet invented.