At Firs, we continued to teach our curriculum with some adaptations during National Lockdown. For pupils at school, the computing curriculum at school was taught as normal. For pupils at home, adaptations were made where children wouldn’t have the resources at home that would be used in school. However, the adaptions that were made, still allowed children to achieve the same learning objective as those in school, just in a different way. As well as adaptations to the task/resources, pupils’ may have been taught computing through online zoom lessons, pre-recorded videos by the teacher (such as on loom), or links to online videos (such as National Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize). More information about our teaching and learning during lockdown can be found on our “Whole School Remote Learning Plan” Click here
As a result of the National Lockdown from Jan – Mar 2021, it was recognised that, although our children were fairly proficient using tablets and telephones, they lacked some of the basic computer skills that ensure efficient use of a computer and enable them to use a computer effectively independently without adult support.
We have created a list of basic computer skills that may be necessary for children to understand how to do when using a computer. These skills are separate from our progressive computing curriculum as they are skills that can be applied across multiple other areas of computing and they are relevant to and required for all pupils in key stage 2 (key stage 1 where necessary). These skills may not be taught in a discreet computing lesson but in conjunction with other lessons (both computing and other areas of the curriculum). From full school return on Monday 8th March, we will aim to provide children with more regular opportunities to complete some wider curriculum work on the computer.