‘Pupils’ eyes light up when they talk about the topics that they cover in the curriculum.’ OFSTED February 2018
Technology is changing everyone’s life. Through our computing curriculum at Bilton Junior School we aim to give our pupils life-skills that will enable them to embrace, participate and utilise new technology, in a socially responsible and safe way, in a rapidly changing world.
It is our intent to enable and develop the skills necessary for our pupils to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they continue to study computing.
Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from the activities presented.
Our intent is to use technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and ensure technology aids every child to access the curriculum.
It is our intention that through our computer lessons our pupils discover and develop an understanding of themselves as individuals, be competent end-users of technology and be digital literate, this is achieved by providing a computing curriculum that develops the pupil’s creativity, resilience, problem solving and critical thinking skills. To enable them to explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination.
Our intention is to ensure through our computing curriculum our pupils have every opportunity, the freedom and choice to be ambitious for their future not only in their community but also in a wider global community as a responsible digital citizen.
Here at Bilton Junior School, the three main strands of computing (Computer science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy) are taught in a one hour discreet computing lesson. The computing curriculum is based on the National Centre for Computing Education – Tech Computing scheme of work; however, other resources are utilised to support the depth of learning – Twinkl, CEOPS, Childnet International, Barefoot CAS, SWGL, Code Club and Project Evolve: Education for a Connected World depending on lesson objectives. Planning support is available for year groups from the ICT Co-ordinator.
Every lesson in the scheme has been individually planned, so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place at BJS and meets the needs of all pupils. The scheme has been closely referenced against the 2014 National Curriculum attainment targets in order to ensure full coverage, progression and an opportunity to achieve mastery. Having discreet lessons means our pupils are able to develop depth of knowledge and skills over the duration of the computing topics and enables teacher feedback and assessment. Portfolios are maintained by the Online Safety Ranger to show learning.
Appropriate and meaningful links are made between computing and the wider curriculum. The children use a range of technology: laptops, desktops, Kindles, Ipads and Chrome books in order to access a range of applications and software to develop their skills and knowledge.