Here at Brookfield, we want all students to be able to thrive as responsible, digital citizens. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our students' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively and safely.
Our aim is for students to be confident and competent using a range of technology. Our broad computing curriculum has three aspects:
This is the form of ‘computing’ that we all do on a daily basis through apps, social media and web browsing. Examples may include scrolling through our phones, watching YouTube or even simply surfing the internet and finding images. This type of computing underlies how we all live our every day lives and it is crucial that all children have fluency in this department. A key aspect of this learning revolves around online-safety and limiting the associated and evolving risks.
Within this aspect, children will learn to use software used in professional environments. We will be using word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software, learning all the complexities therein. Other software examples could include basic use of Photoshop, Audacity or even simply sending an email. These skills are needed later in education; in an office or business environment and are at the heart of digital literacy.
The type of computing fewest people are comfortable with is ‘coding’. There is a bias that this is a mysterious skill that can only be practised by specialists. Everything a computer does is controlled by lines of code and in this part of the curriculum we will be learning the core skills to do this.
Key sections of this part of the syllabus consist of logical thinking, problem solving skills and even rudimentary mathematics. To assist with this, our school uses Purple Mash to guide students in a logical way to access this part of the curriculum.
We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways and we use KidBlog as a great way of sharing and leaving feedback on work. It is also a safe space to learn how to use social media.
We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our SEN pupils be it with a text to speech generator program to aid with writing, or simply using a smart home device to aid with everyday tasks.
By the end of Key Stage 2, we want all children to be flexible, creative, responsible and confident users of technology, who are able to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
We believe this is an easily accessible and effective way to educate children on the importance of coding and computers in our quickly changing modern world.
Please find the schemes of work below.
The internet is an amazing resource, overflowing with knowledge, games and communities of people. Within the Flourish Federation we ensure our pupils are aware of some of the risks to safety that are online and what they can do to remain safe. We do this through:
We are committed to improving e-Safety not only in school but at home as well. We encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children about how to behave safety when online, to ensure pupils remain safe when browsing at home.
If you would like to talk to a member of staff about any questions or concerns about internet use in school or at home, don't hesitate to get in touch via Dojo. For further information, please read the Parents' Guide to Technology published online by UK Safer Internet Centre.
We encourage parents to set up filtering on their home internet. To learn how to do this for the major providers of internet please click the text below:
Interland is an adventure-packed online game that makes learning about internet safety interactive and fun – just like the internet itself. Here, children will help their fellow Internauts combat badly-behaved hackers, phishers, oversharers and bullies by practising the skills that they need to be confident online explorers.
This is an excellent resource to remain informed about being safe online.