At Cranfield Church of England Academy, we aspire to provide an exceptional Computing curriculum for our children. We believe a high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity. It also ensures 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.
We invest heavily in computing resources at Cranfield Academy, which include eight computers in each classroom, a Computing Suite with thirty computers, Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms, digital cameras, recording microphones, Smart Response remotes, visualisers, Bee-Bots and a significantly vast and varied array of learning software aimed to enhance teaching and learning across the curriculum! We are proud to have invested heavily in this and look to continue to do so over the coming years.
Our aims for Computing and the use of ICT at Cranfield Church of England Academy are:
- to enable children to become autonomous, independent users of information and communication technology, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their computing activities,
- to develop a whole school, creative approach to Computing which ensures continuity and high standards of progression in all strands of the new 2013 National Curriculum Framework,
- to use ICT as a tool to support and enhance teaching, learning and management across the curriculum,
- to ensure ICT is used, when appropriate, to improve access to learning for pupils with a diverse range of individual needs, including those with special educational needs,
- to maximise the use of ICT in developing and maintaining links between other schools, the local community including parents and other agencies.
Our Computing Curriculum:
“We are journalists!...We are detectives!...We are Opinion Pollsters!...We are Animators...We are Musicians...We are Travel Presenters!”
Our Computing Curriculum learning links as much as possible to our Creative Curriculum topics. At Cranfield, we use “Switched On ICT” as a basis from which to develop our Computing teaching. “Switched On ICT” is a creative scheme that enables the teaching of a rich and varied Prange of computing skills and software around inspiring projects and topics such as those written above! The planning and teaching of Switched On ICT allows Cranfield to ensure the adoption of the new Programmes of Study from the 2013 National Curriculum Framework. Switched on ICT is also used in the Early Years Foundation Stage where planning and teaching allows Cranfield to ensure the adoption of the new Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
To view the computing units taught in each year group, please click here.
To view the Cranfield Computing Policy, please click here.
If you have any questions about our Computing Curriculum, please do not hesitate to speak to our Computing Leader, Miss J Connell.