At Enquire Learning Trust, we believe that it is vital for all our pupils to learn from and about Computing and Technology, so that they can understand the world around them. Through teaching computing at Easterside Academy we aim to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information as well as having the skills to manipulate, develop and interpret different forms of technology in an ever-changing world. In such a fast moving curriculum, we are constantly looking at new ways of delivering relevant and exciting activities, while still delivering the fundamental skills needed for computing.
Using technology safely and responsibly is a main priority and ensuring all are able to use the internet and equipment appropriately is of paramount importance. We encourage our pupils to make links across the curriculum, the world and our local community, to reflect on their own experiences, which are designed in our 3D curriculum, allowing horizontal and vertical links with previous year groups.
As a school we use a learning challenge concept, which is designed around children taking more involvement with their own learning and culminates in a challenge/project. Our computing curriculum is built around three aspects of computing; E-safety, Digital literacy and Programming/Coding. It requires deep thinking and encourages learners to work using a challenge as their starting point and advance their cultural capital.
As well as being taught as a discreet subject, computing is embedded throughout all subjects within our curriculum. It relates especially well with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Our cross-curricular approach allows pupils to apply their knowledge and skills of computing, which is an integral part the learning process.
The school has an extensive range of technology devices and software to support our teaching of computing. The school is equipped with PCs, laptops and iPads. As well as using the equipment to teach the knowledge and skills necessary for the computing programme of study, the equipment is used on a daily basis and is key in raising standards in English and Mathematics, whilst also enhancing foundation subjects.