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.
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.
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.
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.