At Alvaston Junior Academy, we use technology and our knowledge of computing to enhance all of our learning.
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, our aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will equip them for the rest of their life, to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond our gates.
We have a computing curriculum that has at the core computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this, we intend for our children to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information. We aim to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.
At AJA we see technology enriching learning opportunities. Therefore, we endeavour to provide computing opportunities throughout each area of the curriculum to provide a stimulus for learning. Each child has been loaned their own iPad by the Trust, enabling technology to be used to enhance learning in every area of the curriculum.
As well as the benefits of ICT, we are also aware of the risks. This is why we prepare our children to stay safe online through the use of regular e-safety awareness sessions and safer internet days. It is our intention that the children will develop the knowledge and skills to become responsible online citizens. We aim to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way.
All of the above means that we are enabling our children to be effective digital citizens of the future, equipped with the necessary skills, and aware of the benefits, and risks, that technology brings.
Mrs Boerder is our Computing Curriculum leader. If you would like to know more about the computing curriculum, please contact her at: CBoerder01@alvaston.theharmonytrust.org.
'Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you want to pursue a career in the 21st century,basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.' Stephen Hawking