At Wilson Stuart computing is seen as a discreet subject, which is used across the curriculum. Due to the nature of our pupils, having computers at their disposal is a fantastic tool, as they may struggle with standard access skills such as using a pencil, holding a piece of paper or a book. As computers are used in many subjects it is still imperative that the basic Microsoft Applications are still taught within computing lessons, that is why I have created a modified Computing Curriculum which includes elements of the new 2014 Nationals Curriculum descriptors and the Old National Curriculum, as I feel this best fits the needs of our students, as it gives them the chance to get learn new topics, as well as learning the basic skills which can be used across the curriculum.
Wilson Stuart has 1 ICT suite, equipped with 14 computers, interactive whiteboards and additional teaching aids, such as a TV for differentiated learning objectives and share good practice, multi-projectors which provides all the students with the relative information they need to progress within the lesson. Height adjustable tables are installed within the suites and all different types of access equipment such as large/small keyboards, rollerball mouse, switches ETC are available so all pupils have access to learn within the lessons.
There are 5 banks of Laptops situated around the schools which are accessible to the different departments, they are able to be booked out for lessons and are linked to the schools network allowing the students to save their work and print it off if necessary. Since 2013 Wilson Stuart have invested heavily into IPADs, there is 20 across literacy and Numeracy, class IPADs in primary, 10 in the secondary department and 10 in 6th form. In 6th form and PMLD they have been given 3 IPADs to use as evidence tools as a number of lessons are taught in a role play manor and using the IPADs gives the staff the chance to capture key moments for evidence.
The topic of Online Safety will be taught at least once in the academic year to all classes, around the time of Online Safety week which is usually in February. Online Safety is a very important subject and Parent workshops are delivered once a year to parents. The computing coordinator is a CEOP ambassador and is first point of call if any Online Safety issues are raised or any questions need to be asked.
Wilson Stuart Computing Curriculum Main Objective
- To access computers and learn the basic fundamentals
- To understand how to work in a safe working environment while using Computing Equipment.
- To understand the basic rules when working in a computer room.
- To work independently and cooperatively during lessons.
- To enable students to understand what is expected of them.
- To use a range of Technical equipment
- To be introduced to a range of computing topics
- To achieve all they can within the subject and gain an accreditation.
- To promote equal opportunities by extending their subject knowledge.
- To use computing skills across the curriculum
- To install British Values within the computing lessons.
- To gain a further insight into the ‘New Wilson Stuart Computing Curriculum
In computing a variety of teaching strategies are employed to meet the range of ability within the group. Pupils are able to work at their own level within a structured framework and there are planned opportunities for individual support for pupils who are experiencing difficulties. In computing we encourage our pupils to give it a go and attempt the task before interventions are made. A range of resources and a wide variety of adapted worksheets serve to ensure that pupils are able to experience positive achievement and are stretched to reach their full potential.
Students across the school are assessed in a variety of different ways, in Key stage 2 photos of the students carrying out tasks are taken and inserted into an assessment sheet template, otherwise if students produce paper based work, they are moderated and assessed using the Wilson Stuart marking policy. In Key stage 3 students are assessed using the Wilson Stuart marking policy using verbal, written and imagery feedback. In key stage 4 and 5 students are assessed against the accreditation criteria and feedback is given both verbal and written.