Our computing curriculum ensures a high-quality computing education in order to prepare children for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Appropriate knowledge and understanding of Information technology are of increasing importance for children’s future both in a future career and at home.
We focus on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science and information technology to ensure that children become competent in using and understanding technology. We recognise the critical importance of children understanding how to keep themselves and others safe online.
We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
The national curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
At Brough Primary School, we use the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) resources as a basis for providing a clear and comprehensive scheme of work which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Children in all year groups are exposed to a range of topics which encourage progression across the key strands of computer science, digital literacy and information technology. All children have access to the hardware and software needed to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications.
Each class has one session in the IT Suite per week which is equipped with Google based desktop computers. In addition to this, children have access to further technologies such as iPads and programmable toys (BeeBots). This equipment is used to ensure children have ample opportunities to apply their learning across the curriculum
Online Safety is taught using Project Evolve resources which incorporates the statements from the UK Council for Internet Safety’s (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World”. This is taught within Computing lessons and also through PSHE lessons. Through these lessons, the children have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyberbullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.
At Brough Primary School we want every child to be a confident user of technology, during and after their time here, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. They will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of technology and digital systems, enabling them to confidently progress with future studies and modern life in this digital age.
We want Children to know how to be responsible, safe and respectful online. They are able to recognise the dangers that exist from the use of technology and articulate well about the potential risks of being online. They will be able to talk about ways to keep safe online and know what to do if they feel unsafe or see something that they do not like.
Children will meet or exceed the progression of skills requirements in Computing.
We measure the impact of our curriculum by: –
Teacher assessments made against the planned outcomes using the NCCE ‘I can’ statements for each area of Computing.
Pupil discussion and feedback (pupil voice) (skills and knowledge).
Reflective staff feedback (teacher voice).
Monitoring by the Computing Subject Leader during learning walks.