It is our intent on that computing at Bitterley Primary prepares our children to become active partcipants in a digital and technological world. It is our aim to provide children with the skills of how digital systems work and how to create a range of systems in preparation for secondary school and future life.
At Bitterley, we plan to equip children with rich vocabulary that they can use accurately to describe a range of computing situations. We aim to embed the understanding of computing and use to technology across all subjects.
Additionally, it is our intent to demonstrate to children how to safely use the internet and the importance of repor ng internet concerns. We aim to highlight how brilliant technology can be when it is used correctly.
Computing is taught in Key Stage 1 and 2 for 45 minutes each week using carefully sequenced lessons that build upon the founda ons taught in the previous lesson. Lessons are taught using rich, key vocabulary to expand the children’s knowledge of compu ng. In Recep on and Early Years se ngs, children require access to a range of digital and non-digital technologies. This is taught with peg and push buttons, headphones with walkie talkies to communicate with each other, listening sta ons, green tablet cameras and laptops. In Key Stage 1 and 2, children use Beebots, laptops and iPads.
At Bitterley, we teach children about the importance of internet safety. Internet safety features as part of our compu ng curriculum which is explicitly taught each half term. Addi onally, we celebrate ‘Safer Internet Day’ across the school each February.
Teaching staff are encouraged to use technology as part of everyday life to model this for children. We use online learning programmes for homework such as Spelling Shed, Times Table Rockstars and for parental communica on via Tapestry in Early Years.
Our approach to teaching compu ng provides children with the lifelong skills that they need for an ever-evolving digital world. Children have the skills and knowledge which will help them to succeed with technology in their future school lives and beyond. Children understand what is acceptable online and how to report issues that arise to trusted adults. Children at Btterley have an awareness and the ability to safely use a range of technology to support their love of learning.