'ALWAYS START WITH WHY'
OUR CORE SCHOOL INTENT - IMPLEMENTED THROUGH OUR COMPUTING INTENT
Computing at Mayfield has two threads. The explicit teaching of new content and the application of skills and knowledge within our cross-curricular themes. We encourage teachers to plan children's computing so that they are able not just to learn new skills but then to see their advantages and limitations by using them to solve problems or to aid the challenges set for them in our big question themes. In this approach our children can be independent, learn from mistakes and adapt their computing skills to meet purpose.
SO OUR GOALS & LATEST WORK ARE.....
Our new curriculum 'When I Grow Up...' is the focus of my attention. I want to see three clear goals in our computing curriculum:
* ensure that the computing curriculum delivers a broad range of skills across each of the ten aspects I have identified and this is establish on our Curriculum Map;
* ensure cross curricular application of skills to reflect our ever digitising world;
* ensure that the planning reflects clear progression and recognises the prior and future learning when scrutinised.
This has been a very, very busy few months. As Computing Leader, I have been taken these skills into my other role as Remote Learning Leader. So much of the January, February and March 2021 period was focused upon the daily management of all things remote and digital. It was pleasing to see our plan implemented each day during the lockdown period but it is hopefully something we will never need at a school-wide level again.
At present, my leadership is focused upon the implementation and early impact of our second stage 'how we learn' new curriculum. I am building the Curriculum Map as I monitor the planning and work of the teaching staff. In particular, looking at the importance of prior learning in what the children do next. The new Progression & Expectations Document is helping staff to plan carefully - formulate smaller steps in learning and their learning objectives, identify what needs to be taught and then acts an end of term/year expectations assessment tool.
Right now I am busy beginning to look at the end of year expectations amidst this rather truncated lockdown year and continuing to add to our Curriculum Map for the Summer Term.