Computing - Subject Leader Mrs Allchurch
Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our children's lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our children on how to use technology positively,
responsibly and safely. We will use Google Classroom and Purple Mash to teach a progressive curriculum that encompasses computer
science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a
choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology (especially social media) to model positive use. We
recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education.
Building our knowledge in this subject will allow pupils to effectively demonstrate their learning through creative use of
We recognise that technology can allow children to be collaborative and share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility
opportunities technology can provide for our children. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity
for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer scientists.
We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible.
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
Enhancing learning through technology is vitally important at Bretherton and we are constantly looking at ways to enhance our technology. Along with the Chrome book lease scheme to ensure all children from Class 2 onwards have acces to a one to one device, two class sets of I-Pads and a full class of Chrome books. All classes use Google classroom as a way of developing a blended classroom that uses computing to enhance learning throughout the curriculum. This was invaluable during lockdowns and allowed teaching and learning to continue to a high standard even with children at home. Google Classroom is a suite of online tools that allows teachers to set assignments, have work submitted by students, to mark, and to return graded papers. Classrooms works with Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Earth, Calendar, and Gmail, and can be supplemented by Google Hangouts or Meet for face-to-face live teaching or questions.
Through our five year plan, developed with a Google educator, we are on an exciting journey and constantly evolving what we offer our pupils and the future generations.
Online safety at Bretherton focuses on underpinning knowledge and behaviours that help pupils to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of teh device, platform or app. We ensure that teaching is:
- built into lessons across the curriculum
- covered within specific online safety lessons
- covered using a school-wide approach
We support our teaching by using Jigsaw PSHE scheme, the National Online Safety Platform as well as inviting outside agencies such as NSPCC and local police into school.
Subject Focus Areas 23-23
- To ensure a clear progression of skills and vocabulary in the teaching/ learning of Computing that provides stretch for all pupils.
- Develop the use of unplugged booked to analyse problems, develop computational terms and apply computational thinking.
- To provide staff CPD on coding.
- Develop Computer Science throughout the school incorperating the use of microbits and 3D printers.