The curricular subject of Computing provides pupils with a learning tool for participation and full involvement in an ever-changing, technologically advancing world. It is therefore our aim within the Computing department at Bramley that all pupils have full access and use of our up to date Computing resources throughout their time at school. Children will learn to present, find, analyse, explore, and exchange information both responsively and creatively.
All pupils from 3 – 11 years at Bramley have weekly lessons covering all aspects of the Computing National Curriculum. As well as subject, age-range, and ability specific programmes, the Computing department utilises the full range of Microsoft Office components for word processing, desktop publishing, presentation and spreadsheet software. Lessons with the Computing specialist allow them the opportunity to develop further their own knowledge, skills and understanding.
Pupils from Reception upward also have access to supervised and controlled sites on the Internet with regular lessons on E-safety. Children prepare information for development, select suitable sources, classify, interpret and check. Pupils may also be brought to the dedicated Computing suite by their subject teacher in order that other curricular subjects may be taught using the PCs and relevant software, They are taught to review, modify and evaluate their own work as it progresses.
The network has been extended into every classroom so that network resources may be accessed more easily using interactive whiteboards. Learning across the curriculum is greatly enhanced by this resource. The school has purchased digital video and sound recording equipment to promote the quality and range of Computing projects in which the children can engage. In addition, state of the art Apple software is used for multimedia work with video (iMovie11), sound (Garageband) and Website design.
In Computing Bramley girls are excited to be learning new skills in order to design, develop and build their very own computer games.
All girls from Year 1-6 will be introduced to the new ‘Programming’ strand of the 2014 Computing Curriculum.
We use a programme called Scratch as a platform to learn the new programming skills. With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch is available to download free, therefore a great tool which the girls can have access to out of school and continue to develop their programming skills.
Scratch will help to ensure the girls learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.