At Bush Hill Park Primary School we aim to:
- To deliver an enriching and diverse Computing curriculum that provides a variety of contexts for using a range of IT skills, applications and tools.
- To empower learners to select and use appropriate skills, applications and tools with confidence and a sense of achievement.
- To educate learners about safe and responsible use of the Internet, mobile phones and social networking and communication platforms.
- To promote the inclusion of learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and English as an Additional Language (EAL) through use of IT software and equipment.
- To provide opportunities to extend and enrich learners who demonstrate particular ability in using IT effectively or an enthusiasm and appreciation for computers and technology.
- To use IT across the school to support teaching and learning in Computing and across the primary curriculum.
Curriculum Provisions (Inc. foundation stage)
Computing is an important part of the school curriculum because of its widespread use and impact on modern life. Replacing ICT, the Computing curriculum is centered around: creating, designing, communicating and evaluating using IT, together with a deeper, more embedded focus on computational problem-solving and design. As a result, children’s learning is more relevant and engaging that is has even been.
In order to ensure that valuable areas of experience are covered as instructed in the National Curriculum, we have created a bespoke scheme of work, which comprehensively covers a wide variety of ‘real-life’ contexts, focusing on developing IT skills in a range of applications. This scheme of work extends from reception to year six with the intention that learners will develop a progression of key skills. These include: Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Online Safety.
Practicalities of Computer Science
We provide separate Computing lessons for children in Reception and Years 1 to 6 lasting 45-60 minutes. These sessions are supported by classroom Teaching Assistants and 1:1 Learning Support Assistants (where necessary). In these sessions, children in Key Stage 1 and 2 will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and/or in small groups, and will experience the frequent use of PCs, Tablets and Laptops in the Media Suite. Children in Reception will work at least 20% in their own classrooms and 80% in the Media Suite.