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Computing


Teaching Timetable

All classes are taught in their tutor Groups; receiving one hour per week discrete computing lessons and further access to PCs as fits into other curriculum programs of study.

Lunchtime access

Daily Lunchtime homework and activity sessions are timetabled into year groups and this information is displayed on the entrances to G6.

Curriculum

The four year curriculum is planned in response to the Strategic framework. It ensures progression and opportunities for a wide experience of programs activities and skills. Wherever possible, activities are cross curricular and planned to enhance learning in other subjects.

Continuity is maintained by regular meetings with Somerset ICT and courses for ICT leaders, school faculty meeting, cluster sessions, and direct liaison with Oakfield and Frome College.

Assessment

Evaluation and modification and is continuous throughout the lesson and is a developing skill across the age range. Pupils and taught and expected to monitor and improve their work as it progresses and teaching staff facilitate this. Longer projects in Key Stage 3 are marked as individuals and peer to peer with opportunities for improvement. Grade levels are assigned to completed tasks termly.

Equal opportunities and Differentiation

Tasks within the curriculum are designed to provide real life scenarios which aim to appeal equally to both genders and intellectual capabilities.

Computing as a subject is fundamentally difficult to differentiate for lower abilities especially where they require sequencing skills, high level thinking skills, and competency with literacy and numeracy. However, as much as possible shortcut tasks and additional assistance is provided to enable SEN pupils access to the curriculum. All tasks are open-ended and give opportunity for G&T to expand and produce work which displays their skills.

Computing across the school

Currently room G6 (30 machines) is used as the computing teaching base. Room G7 provides access to whole class groups. The room is bookable and used effectively across the age range and subjects.

Behaviour

There is high expectation of good behaviour in G6 and G7 and also when using computer anywhere in the school. Both in terms of actual classroom behaviour but also in conduct whilst network or the Internet.

The Acceptable Use Policy is signed by all staff who have access to the Internet, and annually by children and their parents via their school home school link book.

The school internet filter system is provided by EXA networks.

Recommended and used websites

www.reviseict.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/typing

 

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