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Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent

Computing at The Berkeley Academy intends to develop ‘thinkers of the future’ through a modern, ambitious and relevant education in computing. We want to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity that will enable them to become active participants in the digital world. It is important to us that the children understand how to use the ever-changing technology to express themselves, as tools for learning and as a means to drive their generation forward into the future.

 

 Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want children to develop as respectful, responsible and confident users of technology, aware of measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.

 

Our aim is to provide a computing curriculum that is designed to balance acquiring a broad and deep knowledge alongside opportunities to apply skills in various digital contexts. Beyond teaching computing discreetly, we will give pupils the opportunity to apply and develop what they have learnt across wider learning in the curriculum.

 

Implementation

At The Berkeley Academy, we use Switched On Computing, Barefoot Resources and have full access to the National Online Safety materials for pupils and all staff. This all supports our staff in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and has the flexibility to adapt to current events. We deliver the Computing curriculum through both explicit lessons and a broad range of cross curricular experiences. The training materials from National Online Safety have enabled staff with the skills to support and protect pupils from online harm. There are also materials available for parents, allowing them to be active participants in their child’s online world.

 

We have a range of equipment available including desktops, iPads, laptops, cameras and beebots. Teachers plan the delivery of the computing curriculum carefully to enable children to select the best equipment and to use it effectively. Amongst many others, children have the opportunity to become photographers, website developers, treasure hunters and time travellers through our rich and varied curriculum.

 

Impact

We are incredibly proud of our pupils’ ability to adapt to the online world during the pandemic, and the way in which we have been able to fully utilise their new-found skills in class. Homework is often set using Teams and children have access to apps to further their learning at home, such as Spelling Shed and TT Rockstars. The high levels of engagement with the online learning tools show that we, at The Berkeley, have enabled our children to become responsible digital citizens. fundamental aspects of this are that our children will be able to keep themselves safe online and will be kind and respectful to others through social media and other online communication tools.

 

With our recent subscription to National Online Safety, children at The Berkeley will be aware of things that they may come across online that are inappropriate or upsetting and they will know how to deal with such incidents, including where they can go for further help or advice. We are working towards the National accreditation, which shows the commitment of all staff, including governors and parents, to the safety of our children, online.

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