Computing and Creative Technology
"To build safe, independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement"
The Computing and Creative Technology curriculum will give pupils important skills that will allow them to use a range of technologies to their advantage in their everyday life. By understanding technology and how it can be used now as well as potential uses in the future our pupils will be able to feel confident in a digital world.
Within all parts of the Computing and Creative Technology curriculum we will cover E-Safety in a range of situations and scenarios that are suitable and accessible to our pupils. We will look at staying safe online using the internet, whilst using email as well as when using mobile technologies. We will be proactive in ensuring pupils understand about being safe now and in the future as well as explaining where to get help if required.
At Springfields Academy the Computing and Creative Technology curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- are capable of using a range of technologies safely.
- can use software for tasks relevant to the workplace.
- are encouraged to learn how to use technology and applications to help with some of the basic life skills.
- will be shown how to use technology safely and effectively for life-long learning.
A range of strategies and techniques are used at Springfields building on the strengths of our learners with autism and their individual learning styles.
Year 1 - Year 8:
Students in progress through the Purple Mash scheme of learning at their level of challenge. Students have a discrete Computing lesson once every week and ICT is also embedded across the curriculum. Students cover e-safety, programming (using SCRATCH and BeeBots), word processing skills, presenting information and 3D modelling with the option of using a 3D printer.
Students’ outcomes are marked by the teacher and feedback is delivered orally and digitally.
Each student in the Computing classroom has their own networked computer attached to a networked printer. Students are responsible for the safe use of ICT equipment, including the Internet. Teaching staff are able to work 1-1 next to a student on the computer or organise the class in to small groups. iPads are used to capture video and photographs and also make use of specific apps to develop understanding.
Year 9 - 11
The Functional Skills ICT and the Business and Creative Technology pathway are very different subjects. In Functional Skills ICT pupils will move through the Functional Skills program that is more suited to their ability. We start with entry level ICT in Year 9 and move towards a level 1 or level 2 ICT by the end of year 11. The ICT course covers using a range of ICT applications, finding and selecting information as well as developing, presenting and communicating information.
Pupils will learn how to use technology safely and effectively through a range of practical tasks. They will learn to use the internet critically to find relevant and appropriate information. They will learn how to collect, modify and use data through the use of spreadsheet software. They will learn how to create tables and graphs and then combine these with text and images to present information both electronically and in a printed format using a number of different software applications.
The Functional Skills ICT curriculum is available across a very wide range of levels. The pupils will follow a differentiated curriculum that will allow them to achieve a suitable qualification. Once the first qualification is gained each pupil will follow a more challenging option to give them the chance of gaining a higher qualification.
For the Business and Creative Technology pathway we are studying the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise along with the Creative iMedia Level 1-2 course. The Business and enterprise course covers theoretical as well as practical aspects of marketing, finance as well as a business venture.
Our iMedia course covers the skills required to plan and develop a media product as well as website development, creating graphic images, web sites sound and animations. The pupils will cover a range of pre-production skills which will help them in planning a range of projects. Pupils will be learning how to create images and animations for a range of coursework tasks and ensure that they are suitable for purpose and audience. In addition, they will learn how to design and build a website utilising skills learnt from other units as well as using new ones
The curriculum is accessible to all pupils with the qualifications offered for pathway being available at both level 1 and level 2. The pupils are encouraged to work towards an appropriate but challenging level through the use of differentiated tasks as well as individual lesson objectives.
All courses are nationally recognised qualifications that can either support college or business applications. The Functional Skills in ICT starts at entry level, the Level 1 Functional Skills is the equivalent of a GCSE grade 1, 2, 3 whilst the level 2 Functional Skills is the equivalent of a single GCSE at grade 9-4.
The pathway options are taken at level 1 and at level 2, whichever is the more appropriate for each individual pupil.
Measuring the Impact of the Computing and Computer Science Curriculum:
- Feedback on individual learning tasks within the lesson (reference cohort/pathway guidelines in autism handbook)
- Teacher assessment against reading Key Performance indicators that are cohort/pathway specific. ICT assessment at KS4 is regularly moderated against exam specification outcomes to ensure accuracy.
- Progress towards end of year targets is evaluated through the pupil assessment and progress cycle (reference flow chart)
The curriculum is evaluated through the termly curriculum review which is informed by:
- Progress Frameworks - autism, knowledge and skills bespoke to cohort pathway.
- Progress towards EHCP outcomes
- Accreditation achieved
- Pupil progress and attainment cycle
- Pupil voice
- Staff curriculum evaluation
- Parent voice
- Review of the curriculum development plan
Functional Skills ICT is assessed by a single exam at the end of the course. Throughout the course pupils will be observed on their progress and given appropriate past paper tasks and worked examples to ensure that the terminal external exam paper when taken will give each pupil a chance to demonstrate the skills they are capable of.
The Business and Enterprise course is assessed through a number of coursework tasks and practical skills that allow pupils the chance to demonstrate understanding of the course requirements.
iMedia is assessed through an examined unit to demonstrate theoretical knowledge of pre-production skills as well as a number of practical coursework units that allow pupils to create products to meet an exam board set practical brief.
Pupils will be made aware of exam board requirements and will be given the chance to practice and become familiar with exam questions and papers. Pupils will also become familiar with exam board mark schemes so that they understand what is required in an answer to achieve appropriate marks.
ICT at all levels will be assessed through visual observation and verbal feedback each lesson. Work will be marked regularly to additionally monitor progress, and feedback suitable to exam board requirements and stipulations will be given to ensure pupils understand their strengths as well as what needs to be developed to fully reach their targets.