Computing

Intent

The national curriculum for computing is much more than typing documents, managing spreadsheets and building presentations. Children are now expected to learn all about how technology effects their world, how to navigate the online world safely and coding computing games and animations. At Bradford Academy we aim to give our pupils experience and guidance with a range of technologies from typing to 3D printing.

Implementation

Children today grow up with technology all around them.  They are familiar with smart phones, tablets and other forms of technology. At school we introduce our pupils to technology with a view to design and create a wide range of work; typed reports to presentations, digital art to interactive games.

Each week children have a designated computing lesson and teachers are encouraged to incorporate the use of technology in their classrooms to create meaningful outcomes.

The school works closely with Bradford’s Cyber Team to deliver workshops in online safety and online bullying.

Impact

We aim to enable children to make their own choices about how to use technology effectively to enhance their learning outcomes across the curriculum. New programs and technology are introduced to children as they progress through their primary journey and are able to build on previous knowledge and understanding year on year.  As our pupils move through the school they are invited to choose their own technological outcomes and processes allowing them the freedom to experiment with the skills they have developed. Children have the knowledge on how to stay safe on the internet and know what to do should unfortunate incidents occur.

Curriculum

At Bradford Academy we work with our children to develop their knowledge and understanding of computer science but also look to give them an all-round education and ensure we cover, Online Safety, Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Data Handling.

Policy and Assessment

Children are taught specific skills and are assessed against the Computing National Curriculum statements at different points of the year.  Work assessed is usually completed in class in the form of a project or through quizzes and other activities within one of the computing themes: Computer Science, Online Safety, Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Data Handling.  Feedback is given to parents in the learners annual report indicating whether children are ‘working towards’, ‘working at’ or ‘working beyond’ age related expectations.

Resources

One of the more difficult areas of the Computing Curriculum is the coding element. Children are encouraged to practise coding outside of school. The following websites are free (or have free elements) for children to use to hone their skills:

Kodable: https://www.kodable.com/
Code: https://code.org/
Scratch: https://scratch.mit.edu/

Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.

Ofsted 2017

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