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Samuel Laycock School

Computing

Computing Mission Statement

At Samuel Laycock School, we intend to provide a high-quality computing education implementing a range of technologies into our curriculum. 

All students in Key Stage 3 are taught this subject for one lesson a week.  The curriculum is based around the National Programme of Study, which has been adapted, as appropriate, to suit the needs and abilities of our students. 

At Key Stage 4 pupils computing forms a part of their ASDAN Personal Development Programme, thus providing them with opportunities to improve their digital literacy in preparation for adult life, developing skills that they can take into employment and further study.

Implementation at both key stages is focused on the following areas:

  • Online Safety
  • Animation and Multimedia Presentation
  • Computer Programming and Coding
  • Data and Number Handling
  • Presenting Information

Within each of these key stages, students are able to participate in both challenging and innovative activities. 

We understand that it is essential for pupils to understand modern information and communication technologies and the impact that they will have for them on their lives.  It is important for them to be able to use these technologies safely and effectively, becoming responsible, competent, confident and creative participants of an increasingly digital world.

In addition to Computing lessons, the use of Technology is embedded in many other curriculum areas, where students have the opportunity to apply their skills in a different context.  It should be emphasised that although Online Safety is studied during Computing lessons, it forms part of the whole school Safeguarding Policy and the ethos of the school.