Reaching for the Stars with Aspiration and Hope
The National Curriculum recognises that:
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils 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, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils 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.
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 Bromesberrow, we work hard to equip our children with knowledge and understanding of what we recognise as a rapidly developing subject. It is our aim to enable them and provide them with the right equipment and coverage so that they are able to make good progress in computing, channelling their interest and enthusiasm in technology. We use Purple Mash as our main resource and have built our own clear progression to ensure success in developing computing knowledge and skills. To support this we also provide a rich safeguarding approach, looking at e-safety carefully to ensure our pupils know how to stay safe online. This can involve, but is not exhaustive to:
- Attending e-safety events through Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children's Board e.g. In the Net.
- Visiting Skillzone, an amazing resource, which brings safeguarding to life in a safe and purpose built context.
- Regular e-safety focussed assemblies
- A strong curriculum approach throughout the year, where children learn about staying safe online as part of their learning in class.
- Taking part in National e-safety week.
As a part of our whole school cohesion in the curriculum we adopt an enquiry focus each term, e.g. being historians, geographers, artists, musicians, linguists... We believe that this creates better connectivity between the subjects, making learning more relevant to the children, so that they are inspired to 'reach for the stars' as a school team and personally.