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Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives.  Therefore, at Limehurst Academy we want to model and educate our students on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We have a broad curriculum that encompasses computing, information technology and digital literacy.  We want our students to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology to model positive use.  

Knowledge and understanding 

We recognise that technology can allow students to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our students. Our knowledge rich curriculum must be balanced with the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our students become skilful computer scientists.  

We want our students to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by the end of Key stage three, students have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the tasks and challenge set by their teachers. 

Skills 

Due to the broad nature of the Computing curriculum students will gain practical ICT skills which are transferrable to other subject areas and the world of work.  Students will be confident in using a range of different software packages to solve problems.   

Many of the ICT and Computing units require students to recall and build upon their mathematical skills.  In Computing particularly students will need to have a logical mindset, where they will be required to design and program algorithms. 

Literacy plays a key role in the Computing curriculum.  Students will develop their evaluative skills as this is a key element of the ‘Project Life Cycle’, that needs to be completed so that reflection on the end solution can take place. 

The Future 

The subject-specific knowledge developed in our Computing lessons equip students with experiences which will benefit them in further education and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, Computing at Limehurst Academy gives students the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.