Creative Computing Curriculum
The Mr Andrews Online Creative Computing Curriculum equips young learners with the knowledge and creative skills they will need for the rest of their lives.
Why Mr Andrews Online?
1. Projects that Enrich Learning Across the Curriculum
Each of the 27 projects (Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2, Upper Key Stage 2) have been designed to equip young learners with the knowledge and creative *digital skills that they will need for life. The projects have been carefully planned to make learning memorable and include all areas of the computing curriculum (Information Technology, Computer Science, Digital Literacy/Online Safety). All the projects and resources are available to view and download online.
*The projects can be used with iPads and web-based tools (desktop, laptops and Chromebooks)
2. Pupils Will Develop Robust Knowledge and Understanding
The knowledge organisers for the MAO Creative Curriculum outline the essential knowledge that the teachers will be covering in each project. The aim is that everyone (teachers, pupils, parents) knows exactly what is being taught, and what the pupils need to learn. Teachers can quickly make connections between projects, where there are opportunities for repeat exposure to concepts and where knowledge can be reinforced and revisited in the subsequent years. Learn more >
3. Ensures Clear Progression of Skills
The skills progression grids demonstrate the progression of skills covered in each project. They provide a clear sense of progression in each area and demonstrate what has been learned in previous years, what will be learned in the current project and what will be covered next.
4. Pupils Will Create Higher Standards of Work
Modeling high expectations for the pupils is an important part of everything that is taught. With high expectations, pupils will work to higher standards. WAGOLL (What A Good One Looks Like) is about demonstrating to the pupils how we can use existing work to create amazing work and how teachers can use these to model to show the pupils what a great piece of work might look like. Each activity includes a WAGOLL. Learn more >
5. Pupils Will Become Better Writers
The cross-curricular writing projects are an excellent chance to sharpen the skills the pupils have developed in literacy lessons. Cross-curricular writing provides the perfect opportunity for the pupils to write for a purpose and to improve the language structures they have been practicing.
Modeling writing is crucial to successful writing in primary schools. Therefore, each project comes with a modeled text, sentence starters, and key vocabulary to help scaffold the writing for pupils. Learn more >
There are also a number of highly engaging writing projects that use technology to make the children want to write and enjoy writing. These projects teach pupils to write for a range of purposes and will inspire even the most reluctant writers. Learn more >
6. Saving Teachers Time & Professional Development
Each of the projects includes activity ideas, a knowledge organiser, skills coverage, WAGOLLs for each activity, key information, modeled writing examples, sentence starters and key vocabulary and short video clips that all combine to dramatically reduce teachers’ planning time.
To support teachers’ Professional Development we deliver classroom-based CPD, INSETs, Twilights and Webinars. There is an also an 8 step plan to follow to ensure the continued effective implementation of the MAO Creative Computing Curriculum, a step-by-step guide to using different software and apps, an iPad in the classroom guide and a computing terminology breakdown. Learn more >
“Just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ on behalf of the Trust today. You really captured the essence of the day and have set everyone off in the right direction. Great to see someone speaking with such knowledge and making it sound so simple …. child’s play (the children’s work amazed us). Keep up the fantastic and inspiring work!”
“Top Educationalists! Our IT/Computing & whole school curriculum would not be as rich and inspirational without your input. We love working with you and many thanks.”
“You’ve really started something at Stepney Primary School and got our school moving the right direction. Comparing what we’re doing now with where other schools are (i.e. the same place we were in before the Mr Andrews experience), the opportunities the pupils are getting are light years apart. Moving around the school, the teachers are using the iPads more and more to support learning. They’ve got the bug and the pupils are just nuts about it. I would recommend you get these chaps on board.”
“The staff will really run with this. It will be great to see the work that comes out of this year and the inspiration they get from seeing it first hand from you. I feel we are at the start of something really special.”
“Inspirational. You have inspired a whole school to embrace mobile technology to provide an amazing curriculum and outstanding opportunities for learning for all children.”