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Computing has become an essential part of everyday life. At Rowan Park School we aim to teach our students the skills needed to live their lives as independently as possible, gaining the ability to put this into real life contexts.

The development of independent and supported learning for all children will be facilitated through making Computing accessible, inclusive and appropriate. We intend that all students and staff will be able to benefit from the use of Computing through using up to date, high quality resources and the development of personal skills.

 

Computing differs from other curriculum subject areas as it is a cross curricula tool useful in all aspects of teaching. 

Each student should have equal access to Computing and appropriate communication in order to develop his or her Computing capability and interaction with others. All pupils at Rowan Park School and Rowan High School are entitled to receive a broad and balanced curriculum, including Computing appropriately differentiated according to need. Age appropriateness of software and tasks are taken into account.

Differentiation will include making changes to a task, using specific software, peripheral devices or communication aids, along with support or by outcome.

Computer Whizz of the Month

 

Each month we celebrate one particular student from Primary and Secondary who has worked exceptionally hard in Computing by making them our 'computer whizz of the month.'

 

March's Computer Whizz of the Month

 

Primary

I have been using technology in the sensory rooms

 

 

Secondary

I have been using Purple Mash to edit my writing documents

February's Computer Whizz of the Month

 

Primary

I have been learning how to correctly use a mouse

 

 

 

Secondary

I have been learning how to programme the Bee Bot and follow a set of instructions

January's Computer Whizz of the Month

 

Primary

I have been learning how to navigate around a website independently. I am getting really good at this.

 

 

 

Secondary

I have been typing and editing my work using MIcrosoft Word

December's Computer Whizz of the Month

I have been working really hard at using the keyboard for directional purposes whilst using software on the computer.

 

Primary

I have been working very hard at using the arrow keys on the keyboard whilst using different pieces of software in my Computing sessions.

 

 

 

Secondary 

I have been working hard at using the mouse to navigate around the screen.

November's Computer Whizz of the Month

 

 

 

Primary

I have been working independently in our class Computing sessions.

 

 

Secondary

I have been working hard at learning how to use technology around the classroom.

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

In the Early Years department, Computing comes under the specific area of learning "Understanding the World." The children have full access to the Computing suite whilst every classroom has it's own class computer, interactive whiteboard and Ipad as well as some individual children having their own communication devices. Computing in the Early Years department is used everyday via cross curricular links.

Primary Department: Key stage 1 and Key stage 2

Teachers within the Primary Department follow the Rowan Park Computing scheme of work. We continue to follow aspects of the Equals ICT framework as many of our pupils are continuing to develop the fundamental skills needed in order to successfully apply themselves to Computing. Teachers will follow the Scheme of Work which is appropriate to their Key Stage and adapt it according to the individual needs of their pupils.

Computing is taught once a week as a discrete lesson and embedded across the curriculum through cross curricular links.

Pupils have full access to the Computing suite as well as each classroom having their own class computer, interactive whiteboard and Ipad, as well as some students having access to individual communication devices.

Secondary Department: Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

Teachers within the Secondary Department follow the Equals Scheme of Work for ICT which has been integrated into our newly written Computing Scheme of Work for Rowan Park School. We continue to follow aspects of the Equals ICT framework as many of our pupils are continuing to develop the fundamental skills needed in order to successfully apply themselves to Computing.

Within Key Stage 4 teachers also use the Equals Moving On Functional Skills programme to support their planning and teaching, adapting this to suit the individual needs of their pupils.

At Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils also have access to the ASDAN curriculum.

Pupils have full access to the Computing suite as well as each classroom having their own class computer, interactive whiteboard and Ipad, as well as some students having access to individual communication devices.

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Key Stage 5

Within Key Stage 5 Computing is taught as life skills, where students will develop the skills needed to live more independent lives such as technology around the home or how Computing can be used in the workforce.

At Key Stage 5 students continue to follow the accredited programme of study; ASDAN which gives them a form of qualification when leaving school.

Once again students have full access to the Computer suite as well as each classroom having their own class Computer, interactive whiteboard and Ipad. Some students may have their own individual communication devices.

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