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ICT, Computing and Media

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Airedale Academy's ICT,  Computing and Media

Curriculum Intent Statement

As a member of Northern Ambition Academies Trust, we ensure that our curriculum is ambitious, enriched, broad and engaging and that it incorporates the Trust’s values of Ambition, Bravery and Respect.

Airedale Academy’s ICT, Computing and Media curriculum intent:

·        to teach the National Curriculum at KS3;

·        to ensure learners have computational thinking and digital literacy;

·        to ensure learners experience elements of Computer Science, ICT and Digital Media to build up their skills and understanding of the subject;

·        think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;

·        to develop and stimulate pupil’s curiosity, interest and creativity in ICT and Computing;

·        to encourage pupils to become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting life long study and perspective employment in a modern, fast moving, technological landscape;

·        to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation;

·        to provide pupils with a broad and balanced view of the range of applications and information systems and an understanding of their capabilities and limitations;

·        to understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society.



Airedale Academy’s ICT,  Computing and Media curriculum will implement their intent by:

·        providing an ICT curriculum that delivers transferable skills for everyday life and also gives pupils engaging exposure to ICT, media and computing;

·        ensuring a wide range of teaching and learning strategies are used in the modes of delivery, so as to ensure the various needs of the pupils in the classroom are met. These styles are adopted within each course including project-based learning;

·        providing great teaching that is delivered with enthusiasm and care, meeting all pupils needs;

·        ensuring new learning builds upon existing knowledge and understanding;

·        having a collaborative and reflective approach to planning and teaching to ensure engaging resources and interesting topics that will be of use on future courses or in places of employment in the local community;

·        creating opportunities for pupils to consider the social, legal, ethical and moral issues and security needs for data which surround the increasing use of technology;

·        having teachers that will actively celebrate effort and achievement in all areas for all pupils;

·        having teachers that will actively promote resilience and the growth mind-set;

·        providing work that is sufficiently challenging, meeting the needs of all individuals and providing a balance between teacher-directed and self-directed work.



Airedale Academy’s ICT,  Computing and Media curriculum will have the following impact on learners:

·        students that learn necessary skills for cross curricular study and life beyond school, who are successful academically and practically for whatever career path they wish to pursue enabling them to successfully follow their chosen career;

·        students that will thrive in an everchanging dynamic technological world as they will have the skills to overcome the challenges they face by using bravery, ambition and resilience;

·        students will have developed an analytical, rigorous and critical approach to the decision-making process that captures the skill set which can be used in the work place or university;

·        results that will increase/improve to give learners better life chances especially in the technological world of work, developing students understanding of computers and the fundamentals of them;

·        students that are highly motivated and determined to achieve what they set out to achieve;

·        students that are naturally inquisitive about new technology and the ever-advancing world around them;

·        students that have preparation for adult life in terms of knowing what businesses expect of computing and media students;

·        students that possess an array of transferable skills from computing and employability skills to practical and technological skills;

·        students that have an awareness of skills that may be important in future careers;

·        students that have proficient digital literacy and numeracy levels which would allow them to thrive in the working world.