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Computing

We want our children to grow up with the skills to use this technology safely and discerningly; to have the life skills that enable them to use it confidently but appropriately.  We believe that if we teach our children these skills through a range of relevant, topic based tasks they will become competent and discerning users of IT.

We place emphasis on the teaching of coding (also known as programming) as it is a large part of the computing curriculum.  We want even our youngest children to enjoy problem solving; to be confident to have a go, embrace when they have made a mistake and then have a go at correcting it.  Using programs such as Scratch, Hopscotch A.L.E.X gives our children the forum to do this.

The Internet is an amazing source of information which enhances learning in many ways. Being ‘e-safe’ means teaching our children what to do when online and faced with strangers asking for details when gaming, if they see inappropriate images or if they experience cyberbullying.

 We have a suite of 30 laptops available for the children as well as 60 iPads which ensure computing is taught in a rich variety of ways!

 

"Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.

The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content."

Simon Peyton-Jones

Chairman, Computing At School (CAS)

 

But what does this mean for Brooklands? 

At Brooklands, we have selected a new scheme of work that enables the whole school to cover the new curriculum as well as providing opportunities for teachers to follow their creative ideas.

Using the ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme from Rising Stars provides a clear and comprehensive plan of all aspects of teaching Computing.

Click here for a breakdown of how the Computing curriculum is covered across the school throughout the year.