Technology is a huge part of modern life and it is important that our children understand how to harness it, engage with it responsibility and use it for their own benefit. They have already grown up exposed to a broad range of devices and many of their key life experiences are shaped by and/or captured with technology. The pace at which such technology continues to evolve means that it will massively influence our children’s future learning, working and living environments. The impact of technology is wide ranging, so our children experiment with the role technology can have across the whole of the curriculum and into the rest of their lives.
At Brookmans Park Primary School, we aim to provide a high-quality computing education. One that strives to ensure our children do not just learn to how to use computers and technology, but rather they learn how to create, explore, design, experiment, challenge and learn how to problem solve using a broad range of computers, technology and software. We teach them to be responsible digital citizens who are astute consumers of technology, are able to safely navigate the online world and make informed choices as to how to use a range of connected devices. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology to model positive use. We recognise that education plays a central role in preventing many of the issues we currently see with technology and social media. We encourage staff to embed opportunities for computing across the whole curriculum to make learning both creative and accessible.
Through the use of the NCCE computing scheme and other resources, we aim to ensure that children develop both broad subject knowledge across the computing curriculum as well as deepening their skills and understanding year-on-year.
This is implemented by:
Teachers may supplement and enhance learning by utilising their own subject knowledge, for example, by teaching children how to use Google Sheets in addition to the core skills taught within the NCCE spreadsheet units.