Computing Statement of Intent
At Brampton Ellis Primary we acknowledge that our children live in a continually changing digital world and that we need to equip them with the skills and understanding to respond to this. Our computing curriculum is designed to allow children to explore a variety of technologies to develop their skills, from foundation stage up to the end of year six. The curriculum has been designed so that children can progress their skills within and between year groups. Children are inspired and supported to develop their coding skills; for children who wish to develop this skill even further, there is also an extracurricular robotics club for children in years five and six, which due to its success and popularity, has grown each year leading to participation in a global competition (we intend to continue running this robotics club later in the year as far as covid-19 restrictions allow). Throughout school, computing is regularly linked to curriculum topics, as well as maths and literacy. Children are able to use a range of lap tops and iPads for a variety of experiences, from research and recording their learning, to exploring the school grounds with a digital compass and tracking their progress in P.E.
We are also keen to give children the computing skills that will positively impact their future lives and have carefully broken-down basic computing skills, such as using keyboard and mouse functions efficiently, for children to learn and build upon throughout the years.
At Brampton Ellis Primary School, we feel strongly that children should continue to develop their knowledge of internet safety throughout their time here, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. This also connects with the ethos of the school, where children are expected to be respectful and responsible. The intention of the curriculum is that children continually develop their skills to be able to be respectful, responsible and safe internet users, both inside and outside of school. The computing team has developed a personalised curriculum, which meets the specific online needs of the children in our school, as identified through careful research and has also been recently updated to include new content from the Education for a Connected World framework. This ranges from keeping personal information safe, cyber bullying and the use of social media. Internet safety is covered every half term in each class – this may be touching upon important points within lessons, as well as specific internet safety lessons – in order to ensure that it is constantly fresh in the children’s minds. We aim to participate in the national Safer Internet day each year and also provide a half-termly internet safety newsletter in order to support parents with keepings their children safe online. We have also established a group of student internet safety school councillors, who share student thoughts on internet safety and help with conducting projects in school.