At Brampton Primary School we aim to ensure that all of our pupils have access to a computing curriculum so that they have opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. We believe the knowledge, skills and understanding taught through our curriculum will empower our pupils to become more computer literate. Our computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in five strands:
Which includes work on word processing, graphics, film making and presentational skills.
Which includes learning how to control technology with algorithms.
Which includes internet research, emailing, blogging and websites.
Which covers how to stay safe while online and how to deal with different potentially dangerous scenarios.
Which looks at how to collect, present and interpret different data sets using spread sheets and online tools.
These five strands are revisited repeatedly each year to ensure that the skills are embedded and developed successfully. Our intention is that computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage and enrich their experiences in school.
Discrete computing lessons in our Computing suite ensure that the pupils are able to gain a more secure understanding of the knowledge and skills within our curriculum. At times, some aspects of computing lessons may be taught as ‘unplugged’ sessions in the classroom. In addition, when appropriate, computing may be used as a vehicle for the children to present their learning in other subject areas.
Computing lessons cover the National Curriculum areas; Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science through the five strands highlighted above. Further detail of what is contained in each strand can be seen in the progression document below.
Internet safety is a priority at Brampton Primary School. Regular Internet safety messages build on the content of the taught e-safety strand and are responsive to children’s interests and parental concerns.
Staff are empowered to use the progression document as a starting point for selecting suitable, matching resources for their classes. The activities that are generated/designed as a result are used as an opportunity to make assessments about the key skills from each strand. These assessments are then added to our FLiC assessment system where the subject lead can monitor and evaluate outcomes in the subject. Further detail about what and when computing is taught in each year group can be found in the long-term curriculum plans on the class pages.
Staff and children have access to a range of hardware and software to support them with teaching and learning in computing including; tablets, PC’s, laptops and programmable robots.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that when children leave Brampton Primary School, they are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in computing to different challenges going forward while at home, in education and in future employment.
Below is a selection of some of the outcomes from our computing work in school.