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Approaches to new computing curriculum

Approaches to new computing curriculum

We held an informal discussion around approaches to the new computing curriculum.  We asked three of our colleagues to share their approach and developments.  These brief notes from the discussions will shortly be supplemented by resources from the 3 schools.

Jess (Ernehale Junior) resources 

Deciding not to wait for others, they made a start… firstly they reviewed the draft and then went away to review the Learning Objectives.  They then picked a range of programmes that they feel will meet the objectives and passed these on to staff in advance to see what they think and might work.

Jess did initial research but staff groups are proving (or otherwise) what may or may not work.  They are keen to be trialling and trying what is out there and will work for them and taking control – “there is just some scary language being used”.  They are keen to find mechanisms to share and spread practice.

Paul (Minster) resources

Minster looked at the new curriculum and then completed an internal audit map against new expectations and new Learning Objectives.  Paul describes it as “chaotic progress” but in a positive way, as an effective approach to good ICT learning does not map to stereotypical learning models.  As a result of their new approach they now use tools, quizzes, new resources (e.g. Krakatoa) and push an approach that encourages students to try, to work together, to solve problems.  They are adapting programmes of work rather than writing new, making PoW relevant to pupils – a PURPOSE.

They are including theory – binary, Hex, images (B&W and conversions) and using Blooms Taxonomy as the level model for their curriculum mapped to AfL principles (Digital version of Blooms).  They will adjust their approach as they see how things work, rather than what it looks like.

Minster are looking at a number of strands – digital literacy, data handling, presentation skills, and the Naace Model.  They will be offering exemplar work to qualify what it has meant for students, digital leaders will present to fellow learners and primary schools.

Julia Wallace (Shipston) resources

With their federated school Acorns Primary have rewritten their curriculum based on the Naace model with digital wisdom as a key strand.  They have focused on a skills based curriculum – objectives within each strand, skill ladder, alongside showing progression – building on skills rather than restarting

They took NOTHING out of existing curriculum but just added in the new bits which are “tiny” and supplemented it with Programme of Study, by year group, apps, and expectations of progress, progression and continuity.  Access is through their Office 365 learning platform