“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.” National Curriculum (2014)
At BPA we challenge our pupils to be masters of technology. Technology is everywhere and it plays a pivotal part in our students' lives, therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing whilst also providing enhanced opportunities for children to problem solve, make links and develop their metacognitive abilities for themselves by exploring, investigating and making sense of the world around them through colourful, interactive, engaging, enjoyable and challenging lessons. Our vision is for children to mirror the use of technology in society and enjoy the freedom that using Chrome books provide so that they are no longer restrained by the use of a computing suite, but can use technology both inside and outside of the classroom ensuring that Computing becomes an integral part of the curriculum.
Our computing curriculum aims to develop the whole child. Computing teaching at Broadfield Primary Academy has links with mathematics, science and design and technology and our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that pupils become digitally literate and digitally resilient. Technology is ever evolving and we aim to develop pupils who can explore, problem solve, express themselves, and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
To ensure deep learning and progress over time, objectives within the computing curriculum sessions are planned sequentially, using units from Teach Computing which are adapted to suit the needs and skills of our pupils, which makes sure there is a balance between the teaching of new concepts and the recalling and reinforcement of prior learning. Structuring our curriculum in this way enables pupils to build upon skills learnt previously and therefore creating pathways to deep learning and create strong memory for the concepts. At Broadfield Primary Academy, the delivery of the computing curriculum at all levels is designed to build in a way not to cause cognitive overload, allowing students to embed their knowledge and skills and become expert learners.
At Broadfield Primary Academy, we track progress, and attainment, attendance, behaviour and engagement across all areas of the computing curriculum. Attainment and progress are tracked through the use of post- and pre- quizzes using Google forms. Children have a clear understanding of their next steps through the marking and feedback provided by staff, enabling them to make progress and deepen their understanding and skills. We believe that all children have the capacity to achieve, are good at something and deserve a taste of success and that this success should be demonstrated and celebrated within the school and beyond.