Computing is a very rapid changing world. Brooklands Computing curriculum includes 3 strands; Computer Science, ICT and Digital Literacy. Computer Science looks at the way computers work and how to use them in order to solve realistic problems in a computational way. It also includes programming and breaking problems down using flowcharts and algorithms. ICT focuses on how to use the software available and create digital content. Digital Literacy looks at how to use the Internet and how to keep safe on-line.
In Computing we aim to provide broad and enjoyable experiences that relate to the pupil individual needs and those required in the wider community. Each child should be able think and solve problems a range of appropriate skills, knowledge and concepts that are also relevant to everyday life.
We aim for every child to have a positive attitude towards Computing.
*To have self-confidence in their ability to deal with Computers.
*To be able to work co-operatively, systematically and with perseverance.
*To be able to think independently and logically.
*Experience a sense of achievement regardless of age or ability.
*Have equality of opportunity regardless of race, gender or ability.
*Be aware and encourage the uses of Computing beyond the classroom.
We have a conviction that every child can achieve.
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill, children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
The core of computing is Computing skills in which pupils are introduced to a range of technology. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Long term and medium term planning is structured following guidance set out in the Primary and Secondary Curriculum. The Primary and Secondary Curriculum long and medium term planning can be found in separate documents. The Computing curriculum is planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills builds upon what has been taught before, working towards developing deeper understanding and skills in order to apply these in any context. Throughout the curriculum pupils acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science and engineering. Planning ensures opportunities to demonstrate core values, skills for life and develop knowledge and skills that reflect regional employment priorities. Short term plans for Key Stage 2 & 3 are undertaken by the specific teacher for each group to take account of the individual and collective needs and abilities of the particular group. These plans include learning questions, resources to be used, activities, vocabulary, differentiation and assessment for learning opportunities. A whole class teaching approach encourages thinking and precise computing language and allows pupils to deepen their understanding as far as they can.
We are assessing our pupils and recording their progress throughout each lesson and topic. Assessment is an integral part of the teaching process and allows for purposeful learning and matching the correct level of work to the needs of the students, ensuring progress. Day-to-day assessment is part of every lesson and provides a wide range of evidence of learning in specific contexts which shapes next steps.
Periodic review of this evidence gives a clear profile of students’ achievements across the whole subject and informs and shapes future planning and targets for improvement.
Continuous Professional Development of staff is vital for the Computing department to develop, raise standards and keep abreast of ever-changing government initiatives and policies. Computing teachers will be given the opportunities to attend appropriate courses, where time and financial resources permit. We also liaise with our two upper schools for direction and new strategies.
Cultural Capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours and skills that a student will need to draw upon which will demonstrate their culture awareness, knowledge and competence in future years. It is one of the key ingredients that students will need to be successful in society and their world of work. In the ever changing digital world, computing skills are becoming far more necessary in the workplace and in the home. Computers are a tool we use to communicate, to inform, and to store information. We are trying to equip our pupils with the knowledge and confidence to develop these skills. Desktop publishing are skills that are used constantly at work and at home, these are key skills that students need to be confident with.
We aim to keep adapting our curriculum for the needs of our pupils. We want our curriculum to be assessable to all pupils. The key objectives are designed to give all pupils the chance to achieve their goals, build for future learning and to use Computers in adult life. We aim to use real life scenarios with our teaching.