At Alexander McLeod Primary school we believe that Computing should be used to support and enhance our learning across the curriculum, with outcomes linked to our topics. We try to use computers, iPads and other software as much as possible to help our children learn key skills and to enrich their curriculum, especially in Topic and English lessons.
Each class has access to iPads throughout the day and a session in our Computing Suite once a week. We also encourage our children to offer their thoughts and ideas for our Twitter accounts, to develop their understanding of what it means to be a good online citizen and how to stay safe when using technology online.
Over the course of the year our children at Alexander McLeod will take part in making animations, comics, composing music, using cameras, using iPads and creating podcasts etc. We want to provide the children across the school with different creative opportunities and hope to empower and spark their curiosity to develop their learning further.
In line with the new National Curriculum, we have created our own scheme of work for computing. Children will learn skills across a range of topics including coding and programming their own games and apps! There is also opportunity for them to develop and refine other computer life skills such as typing, word processing, data handling, creating and editing pictures etc.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate so that they are able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology to prepare them as active citizens in a digital world.
Meet the Lead
I am Mr Dickinson, the computing lead teacher, and I have seen many technological changes in my time as a teacher, from the introduction of computers and projectors in the classroom to Google Classroom and online learning over lockdown. I am keen to drive Alex McLeod into the next phase of computing to prepare the children for their futures. We want to develop technologically literate citizens when they leave school as who knows what devices they will be using in twenty years’ time.
If you have any queries around how computing is taught in our school, I am always available on the playground after school or you can book in a meeting with me. I am happy to share our ideas and listen to any feedback from our parent community.