At Bedford Hall Methodist Primary School, we value the contribution that technology makes to all of our lives. We believe that a high-quality computing education equips pupils with the skills to use computational thinking and creativity and prepare them for a future in an ever-changing technological world.
All staff use the Purple Mash scheme of work and follow Chris Quigley’s milestones to ensure National Curriculum coverage and clear progression. We utilise a number of learning platforms such as Scratch, Timestables Rockstars, Purple Mash and Discovery Education and use innovative technologies such as Sphero Balls, Beebots and Botleys (coding robots) in addition to laptops and ipads to provide extended and personalised learning opportunities within the computing curriculum and beyond.
Online safety is promoted throughout the curriculum but in particular through computing, PSHE/RSE and communication lessons. This ensures that children of all ages are aware of how to use technology safely and sensibly. Teachers use Class Dojo and Twitter to communicate with parents. This allows children to learn about closed and open social media accounts in a safe way.
E-safety displays around school and within class remind pupils of our rules and E-Safety week serves as an additional reminder. Specialist agencies such as HH Kids and NSPCC deliver workshops to our pupils on staying safe online. Additional guidance is shared at Parents’ Evenings about how to ensure your child is staying safe at home as well as at school, but as always you can ask your child’s teacher or the Pastoral Manager for advice at any time.