Computing

Computing - Subject Leader Mrs Allchurch

To keep up with the constant changes in technology over recent years, the Computing curriculum has also had to change quite dramatically. Gone are the days of teaching the children how to use a mouse! Children are now entering school with higher level skills and the ability to manipulate technology through the use of devices such as tablets and ipads etc. In response to this, and with the children's future in mind, this curriculum has been redeveloped with an increased focus on computing. 

The National Curriculum 2014 states:

A high quality computing education equips the children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design & technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, children are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that children become digitally literate - able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology - at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Coding and Programming have become an important part of life at Bretherton. From early on, children have access to coding through using instructional language, programming bee-bots and using specific pieces of software on the I-pads to develop their programming and coding skills. As the children progress throughout the school, they progress onto using pro bots and pieces of software such as Kodu Game Lab and Scratch to develop and make their own games. In year 6, children begin to use chrome books to support learning.

Enhancing learning through technology is important at Bretherton and we have developed our access to technology in many ways. As well has having a set of computers in each class, the children have continuous provision to technology within their classrooms.An I-Pad trolley is our most recent investment which supports and enriches opportunities throughout all areas of the curriculum. The children are really benefiting from their enhanced learning experiences from using I-pads within their lessons and are having the most amazing time embedded and enriching their learning. Other accessible technologies include digital cameras, bee bots, pro-bots,  and green screen technology to mention a few!

As a school we also invest in fantastic pieces software which make a difference not only in the subject of computing but throughout all subjects to ensure technology really does enhance the learning of basic skills. All children have access to Mathletics, Spellodrome and purple mash from home as well as in school. These focus on essential skills such as phonics, reading, grammar, punctuation and spelling and mathematics. 

Bretherton school is on an exciting journey of using technology to enhance learning and we are excited about the opportunities the new computing curriculum will offer our pupils and the future generations.

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Tel: 01772 600431 | Email: bursar@bretherton.lancs.sch.uk