I’m currently in the process of developing the curriculum at the schools where I work and have decided to take an easy view next year and let staff experiment with some key activities and software.
It’s worth mentioning that I have made some very deliberate decisions:
- Limit the number of apps on school iPads
- Let teachers use their own iTunes accounts to experiment
- Have a range of software – including the bought into 2Simple range
- Allow staff to experiment with ‘coding’ and developing as much as possible.
The result have been these sheets – which will be reviewed with staff at the end of the first half term. The objectives have been roughly spread out for Key Stage coverage. Activities and apps represent software and apps that the staff will be familiar with. They are limited. Hopefully by the end of Autumn term we will be able to add to these with ideas that have worked within the individual topics and classrooms that the staff are doing.
Feel free to take these, I would love to know if they are at all useful however!
It’s worth pointing out here that I recognise the limitation of using such documents, whole school Inset, the use of Digital Leaders and the support from Senior Staff will all be needed. Recommending a year 3 class play with 2Simple is not enough to get a new curriculum going! However I hope this will be a springboard for staff to realise that there is a new language, new expectations and a different approach to ICT.