Computing at Bridge
What is the intent of our computing curriculum?
Our approach at Bridge Junior School is to encourage students to be ‘young citizens of conscience’ and life-long learners through a thinking community. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling students to be confident, creative and independent learners. Our aims in computing are to develop our students’ fascination and curiosity, as well as their computational thinking skills, equipping them with the ability to thrive in the current technological revolution. The progression of these skills throughout school allows students to build on prior knowledge express themselves in a variety of methods using technology.
Throughout the curriculum, students are enabled to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information with technology. We also focus on developing the computing skills necessary to use information effectively so that, upon leaving primary school, they have a high standard of computer literacy. We intend to deliver a computing curriculum to our students that results in the acquisition of knowledge of the world around them and ensures they can understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. This includes abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation so that they can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems. Furthermore, we intend to deliver a computing curriculum that prepares students to live safely in an increasingly digital society.
How will we implement our computing curriculum?
We have a cross-curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Computing lessons are integrated into the Cornerstones ‘connected curriculum’ taught at Bridge. The students have access to resources which aid in the acquisition of skills and knowledge, such as hardware (laptops, iPads, digital cameras, tablets) and relevant software. Across all year groups, our teaching facilitates progression within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Students have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues, including digital communication, cyberbullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media. Furthermore, teaching the safe use of digital systems is a concept implemented into the wider curriculum. The importance of online safety is shown through displays within the learning environment, as well as using resources from Project Evolve. The curriculum highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it. Additionally, students also spend time further exploring the key issues associated with online safety events throughout the year, such as Internet Safety Day. Also, parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their confidence through a curriculum, which promotes self-belief and high aspirations. Children will be provided with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to excel as lifelong learners. Children will understand how to keep themselves, others and the environment safe. We will do this through kindness and collaboration.
The implementation of our computing curriculum ensures students will be competent and safe users of technology. They will be able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. Students will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
We want our children to:
- ask questions with an enquiring mind to solve problems
- understand the difference between right and wrong and
- appreciate other cultures and traditions and to respect others.
Useful video resources can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
Tips & Useful Links:
Make sure your child understands they should keep new online friends strictly online.
The following links provide some great information:
Child-friendly search engine for kids
Computer Languages used at Bridge:
Safer Internet Day 2021 Presentation
In Bridge Junior School we have a variety of hardware and software for the children to use. Children use laptops, iPads, digital cameras etc, as shown in the photos above, to aid and support their learning in a particular topic. We are registered with various websites where children can utilise online learning and have installed offline software. Additionally, we also work with the children to improve their digital literacy skills through classroom lessons and displays. Children use programming languages 'Scratch' and 'Kodu' to code on laptops and iPads in Computer Science.
Our onsite technician, Mr. Knifton, looks after our school network as well the hardware associated with it.