Subject Intent Statement:
At Bowmandale Primary School, we aim to give our pupils the life skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. Our aim is to consistently provide a high-quality computing education which enables all of our children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Through the children’s years at Bowmandale, we will support them to become digitally literate and competent users of technology but through our computer science lessons we support the children to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In doing this, children will be equipped, ready for their future and career opportunities will be endless.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure 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 problems
- 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
At Bowmandale, these requirements are taught through a variety of methods including physical activities as well as hands-on experience with a range of different technologies. The focus of the majority of our computing lessons are taught on Purple Mash, this platform allows the children to develop the skills and concepts that they need to achieve their end of key stage targets.
We place a huge emphasis on online safety which is embedded throughout the curriculum as well as taught in specific lessons. We believe that technology should be embedded within the curriculum and to facilitate this ambition, the school is continuing to invest in our information technology infrastructure.
Progression in Computing at Bowmandale
Current learning in Computing:
A new computing club is coming soon, last year the Year 3 and 4 children designed soon epic games! They enjoyed sharing them with the other children in assembly.
Each term Mrs Duck runs a coding inspire session, challenging the children to design, write and debug programs that then achieve specific goals. The children then use their logical reasoning to think about how and why a program has or has not been a success.
Autumn term was for Key Stage 1, the Digital Ambassadors came along and helped the children:
Spring term was for Year 3 and 4:
Summer term was for Year 5 and 6:
They created amazing games and challenged each other to complete them! Superb job! 🙌😊