design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, use sequence, selection and repetition in programs and use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Within Digital Literacy, children need to be confident and discerning when using and evaluating digital content, understand the opportunities networks offer for communication and collaboration and use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. Finally, Information Technology offers the opportunity to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, collect, analyse, evaluate and present data and information and use search technologies effectively.
At LMS we firmly believe that Computing offers the perfect opportunity to develop our children’s cultural experiences. The Computing Curriculum is starting to develop links that will enrich and enhance the learning and enjoyment of our children. We are currently in the process of making a programme of enrichment for all learners that will elevate our curriculum to outstanding levels. These opportunities include visits to the Science and Industry Museum where children have the chance to see where the first computer was made. Nicknamed ‘Baby’ this experimental machine was the first stored computer and started the journey to where we are today. Other opportunities include visits to local High Schools and Universities. Here the children have the chance to develop their key skills in an unfamiliar setting. These experiences provide vital opportunities for our learners to see and understand what excellence looks like and shows the start of technology so they can transfer this into their own learning.
Equality of Opportunity
Technology is all around us and we truly believe every child should benefit from this. With this in mind, creating a balanced and exciting Computing Curriculum for our Pupil Premium children is vital. At LMS, we provide opportunities to speak with successful business men/women from local companies around the Leyland area and from S.T.E.M ambassadors, hopefully raising aspirations and providing hope that they can achieve great things. These opportunities are funded through the Pupil Premium strategy for those who need it. Similarly, we have ensured that year groups with particularly high levels of vulnerable children have benefited from workshops and educational experiences.
One of the key principles of Computing at Leyland Methodist Schools is encouraging and promoting diversity for our learners while staying safe online. From using our curriculum needs analysis, we are able to understand the needs of children in the Leyland area and therefore bring experiences and knowledge to them which normally may not be available. For example, during our STEM week, we invited women from traditionally male dominated industries to meet the children helping us to challenge the stereotypes. STEM provides an experience rich curriculum for the children of less affluent backgrounds so they too can develop real skills for life. We want all learners to be ambitious and hope the curriculum challenges these learners to ensure they work to their full potential.