We follow the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing. Ridgeway Primary School aims to teach children the core areas of the Computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. We provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity accross a range of purposes. Our computing curriculum recognises that computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Our curriculum aims to equip all learners with the experiences and skills of computing that they will need to use in a rapidly changing technological world.
Our over-riding aim at Ridgeway is to produce learners who are confident, independent and effective users of computing. We strive to achieve this by:
At Ridgeway computing is taught using a blocked curriculum approach. This ensures that children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Teachers use the ‘Switched On: Computing’ scheme, published by Rising Stars, to inform the planning of their computing lessons. Our school has a computing suite and children also have access to ipads, ensuring that children can use computing for a range of purposes and that it used across the wider curriculum, as well as in discreet computing lessons.
Enrichment in computing takes many forms at Ridgeway. We embed computing into the wider school curriumlum through a variety of means including our 'Everybody Loves Learning' weeks. During these focus weeks we apply our computational skills to a range of challenges and scenarios. Other opporunities include working with creative practioners Highly Sprung, after school clubs, safer internet day and visitors.
Safe and responsible use of technology in school and at home is promoted through our on line safety teaching.