Cross Curricular Computing
I am the Leader of Computing at a 2 form entry primary school in Chingford where we have a diverse mixture of pupils. Engaging and stimulating our children to love learning is something that we are passionate about at Ainslie Wood. By allowing children to access their learning through a variety of experiences, we believe that children will have the tools they need to succeed.
As a former Roehampton student and educator of Computing, I am interested in presenting a workshop alongside some of my pupils in your ‘Schools Corner’. While we are following the units from Switched On Computing, we integrate it with our exciting project based ‘WE ARE’ curriculum by finding links and deepening context and real life application.
In Year 4, where I am based, we have worked on various projects from designing an interactive toy to creating an educational game and have now started to produce and create our own music for an end of term fashion show. I am particularly keen in showing educators how Computing can be made cross curricular and that it does not need to be taught as a discrete subject. Cross curricular Computing lessons are something that we are passionate about at Ainslie Wood and that staff use as a vehicle to excite and engage the children.
I would love to show educators how this can be made possible by displaying some projects that our children have created and for our children to also demonstrate their skills and talk through their learning. I want to show educators how teaching and learning with technology can engage every student no matter what their story is.
After qualifying from Kingston University in 2008 with a degree in Media and Cultural Studies I had always wanted to embark on a career which involved technology. Once qualified with my PGCE from Roehampton University and having my finished my NQT year at my first school, I joined Ainslie Wood. It is there where I found my passion for the use of technology in education and started to explore various methods of teaching ICT. Since the introduction of the Computing curriculum, I have taught Computing across both key stages in school and been able to adapt the curriculum into our unique school WE ARE curriculum. I have experience of programming, film making, creating short animations and implementing various e-safety measures in school. I believe that children should be ready for the rapidly growing world of technology and that as educators we should be equipping them for this.