Computing at Ferney Lee
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”
-National Curriculum, Computing
Our computing curriculum is designed so pupils can enjoy exploring different problems from the real world. The teaching of Computing aims to develop independent pupils who know that making mistakes is all a part of the learning process. This subject allows us to prepare our pupils for the future as a relevant tool for their home and working life. We want the children to build confidence and skills, without stifling their creativity. The teaching of Computing will ensure children leave KS2 as computational thinkers, effective problem solvers, and can create purposeful and meaningful content to demonstrate their learning.
At Ferney Lee computing takes place both as a discrete weekly lesson, following the D.A.R.E.S approach, the children are also encouraged and taught to use ICT across other curriculum areas integrating their skills into their daily learning.
D.A.R.E.S (Mr P ICT) is an approach to teaching computing which encourages pupils to be critical thinkers, problems solvers and computational thinkers. Children are encouraged to follow stages in a specific order which give them ownership of the entire design and creative process. These stages are:
D - Design: Pupils start to discuss the desired outcome for their project and are given time to tinker with the software before planning what they will do to achieve their outcome.
A - Apply: Pupils are given the opportunity to create, make and produce content using the app or software explored in the Design lesson(s)
R - Refine: Pupils spend time considering ways to modify and improve their projects to get the best results possible.
E - Evaluate: Upon completing their desired outcome, pupils are given the opportunity to reflect and consider how effectively they have achieved their goal.
S - Share: Learners are given the opportunity to publish and exhibit their work to the world embedding skills from the Digital Literacy curriculum.
Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR