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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Computing

At Branston Church of England Academy, we shape our Computing curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing; ensuring the progressive development of Computing knowledge of skills. 

Computing

Intent 

Our intent, when teaching Computing, is to incorporate a range of technology to create motivated, independent learners. At Branston Church of England Infant Academy, our Computing curriculum is designed to develop our school values of love, kindness, honesty, forgiveness, perseverance and respect.

 

Within our Computing curriculum:

  • We explicitly teach our children computing skills and technology that are then embedded in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Children learn computing skills and apply them to be effective communicators and problem solvers.
  • Children know how to keep safe in this ever changing world.
  • Children are able to safety and successfully use technology in their learning and wider lives.
  • Children are kind and show respect online and when using technology. 

Implementation

In EYFS, Computing is planned and taught through adult lead teaching as well as it being part of the enhanced and continuous provision. 

At Branston C of E Infant Academy, we follow the computing curriculum 'Teach Computing' designed by the National Centre of Computing Excellence (NCCE) in KS1. This scheme was chosen as it has been created by subject experts and based on the latest pedagogical research. The curriculum equips pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to thrive in the digital world of today and the future. Aligned with the National Curriculum it is broken down into three strands:

Computer Science - the understanding of coding and programming across a range of physical devices and digital resources.

Information Technology - the range of skills required to operate and manipulate specific programs, systems, and content.

Digital Literacy - the knowledge required to use technology safely and to evaluate and react to any potential risks of the online world.

 

New concepts such as algorithms and programming are explored in unplugged contexts helping pupils develop a secure understand. 

Through this curriculum, knowledge and skills are progressive, and revisited to ensure learning is built upon and retrieval of prior knowledge takes place. Links are made to other areas of the curriculum and topical learning when appropriate. Children have access to digital devices including IPads, laptops and Bee-Bots.

 

At Branston C of E Infant Academy we have a whole school consistent approach to online safety. In addition to the Teach Computing curriculum, E-safety is taught and revisited at the beginning of each half term. Our online safety lessons are age-appropriate, relevant and engage pupils interests. We promote online safety through teaching pupils how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibly for their own and others safety.  

Impact

The vast majority of pupils have learnt key skills and can apply their knowledge and skills.

Some pupils have a greater understanding.

Children at Branston C of E Infant Academy safely and successfully use technology in their learning and wider lives. 

 

Using the internet safety and positively is a key message that we promote in school. Please find the link to our E-safety pages below for more information. 

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