At Broomhill First School, we understand that a high-quality computing education is essential for pupils to understand modern information and communication technologies (ICT), and for them to use these skills to become responsible, competent, confident and creative participants of an increasingly digital world.
We live in a technological world and technology is integrated into the lives of all young children. Just as we ensure the children in our care are ready for the adult world by teaching them maths and literacy, we should also make sure that they are fluent in computer literacy and all-important online safety. Online safety and the awareness of ‘safer strangers’ are contextual safeguarding priorities within Broomhill First School.
We aim to develop the Cultural Capital of children through computing. Technology is important in so many industries and jobs and the children at Broomhill are particularly exposed to many jobs in the STEM industry. By preparing our children to use technology with a purpose, we are enabling our children to have a better understanding of the local community and of the wider world to inspire a wide range of future careers.
We deliver the requirements of the KS1 and KS2 computing programmes of study through Teaching Computing (NCCE), and to ensure that our pupils have the digital skills they need. We aim to inspire pupils to continue to learn and apply the skills they learn at secondary school, university, and beyond in the workplace.
Computing is part of our STEM curriculum and encourages our children to answer the question 'How can we change the world for the better?'
Our curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problem
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.