Computing at Bedford
We aim to provide a fully inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum that allows all pupils to develop the skills needed to feel empowered in all lessons, whether in maths as a mathematician, in art as an artist or in science as a scientists - and onwards through all subjects. Through enquiry and the acquisition of key skills, our computing wizards have certainly cracked the code!
The Bedford curriculum approach is underpinned by the embedding of thinking skills, effective and timely feedback, greater learner involvement and high standards. Alongside the clear progression of key vocabulary, the development, application and skills progression in all subjects will be evident. The use of technology and hands-on, practical experiences are carefully woven through our curriculum to enhance teaching and learning.
ICT & Computing: Teaching and Learning at Bedford Primary School
At Bedford we are proud to offer a wide range of technology in school to ensure that the teaching of Computing is of high quality and the learning that takes place is purposeful.
We teach Computing through three strands:
- Digital Literacy
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
We constantly strive to ensure all pupils can use technology to communicate effectively in many different ways. Through this strand we teach pupils to become digitally literate by being able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. By doing so we aim to make all pupils ready to transer these skills into the future workplace and as active paritcipants in the digital world.
Through this strand, pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. In school we have a range of technology to support with this, including brand new sets of Ipads, a bank of laptops and banks of desktop computers around the school. We use a range of software to enhance the teaching of computer science, for example through apps such as A.L.E.X., Cargobot and Scratch.
Building on our computer science teaching we allow pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
The online safety of each and every one of our pupils is of paramount importance and therefore a key feature of our computing curriculum. In addition to ongoing messages and reminders, every year group receives dedicated e-safety sessions every half-term to ensure pupils kept up to date with the important messages of keeping themselves safe while online. We also support Safer Internet Week every year as a way of further enhancing the profile of e-safety across the school.
ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) in School:
The school provides an impressive range of ICT opportunities,including banks of computers throughout the school, trolleys of portable laptops that can be used within the classroom and trolleys of Ipads across each Key Stage. Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard which are linked to the Internet and allow resources from a wide range of facilities to be brought into the classroom to increase interest and aid learning. Staff and pupils also use ReadTheory, Espresso & Mathletics websites.The link below will take you to the Home Learning Page which explains how to access these sites.
Impact - Computing in Action 2018/2019