At Croughton All Saints we use the Switched On Computing scheme of work to support our Computing Curriculum. This scheme has a rigorous Progression Framework which meets the requirements of the new computing curriculum and ensures children are on track to meet end-of-key-stage expectations. Our scheme of work covers all aspects of the three strands of the curriculum and equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. It develops pupils understanding of programming and computer science whilst also providing opportunities for creative and collaborative work.
The computing curriculum is built around three strands:
- Computer Science: is about using computational thinking to solve problems and make things for a purpose.
- Information Technology: concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.
- Digital Literacy: the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.
Switched On Computing covers all these aspects and equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. It develops pupils understanding of programming and computer science while also providing opportunities for creative and collaborative work.
We are proud of the opportunities we provide for STEM teaching. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating children in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
In June 2019, our pupils entered a National STEM competition called ‘If you were an Engineer what would you do?’ based at Coventry University, Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing. There were over 10,000 regional entries and we were delighted to have two winners and six highly commended entries.
Children have weekly lessons led by a STEM Ambassador, we have our very own 3D printer and an After School Club focusing on Computing unplugged. Our youngest pupils in Foundation Stage have their own woodwork table where they create amazing models using real tools.
We have embarked on a collaboration project with Beachborough School to share ideas and further develop our technological and engineering skills. Our digital leaders will be joining with other local school groups to visit the BETT Exhibition Show in London in January 2020. We are entering the NFU Farmvention National STEM competition in December 2019. The challenge is to design a machine that would be found in a farm in 2040.