Weaving a digital journey at Brooklands Farm
At Brooklands Farm Primary School we weave our computing learning journey throughout a broad and balanced curriculum. Through teaching computing we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
We follow the National Curriculum and our overall aim is that children leave primary school as confident, capable and creative users of digital technology, with a secure understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and as safe, responsible and discerning digital citizens. Switched on Computing is a scheme that we use to support teachers in delivering learning opportunities that enable children to develop computational thinking and creativity so that they can ‘understand and change the world’. There are three interrelated aspects, and these are covered in each year:
- Computer Science (the foundations of computing, covering coding and computational thinking)
- Information Technology (the applications of computing, including working with documents, data and digital media)
- Digital Literacy (the implications of computing for individuals and society.
It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way.
We ensure that there is clear progression within computing: new knowledge, skills and understanding, that is built upon each year. Children progress from simpler to more complex programming languages, but also build up their conceptual understanding of programming. Opportunities are built across all curriculum subjects and our approach ensures that children are empowered to become confident learners and lead fulfilled lives as citizens of our local and their wider communities.
Keeping children safe on line is a key priority and one of the best ways to do this is to educate them about the rules they must follow and what the dangers are.
This is built into our curriculum so that the children are taught how to stay safe and to know what to do if they are unsure about something on line.
The school system has a very tight firewall and blocked website filter which is managed by our broadband provider.
At home, however, this is not always the case and if you would like further support and ideas then click here.
The school also works with Simon Aston who is an Online E-safety officer – he provides training for the school and works with children in their classes. He has also attended parent events and has been around to offer advice. This complements the work that we do through our computing curriculum, which has an e-safety element built into each unit. E-Safety is also delivered through our PHSE curriculum throughout the school.