Computing

65% of children entering primary school now will ultimately work in a job that doesn't exist today.

At Bickley, our aim is to provide all students with the computing skills they will need for later life, preparing them for secondary education and the world of work. Knowing that computing is constantly changing, our curriculum is skills based, focussing on deeply embedding the knowledge of 'how' rather than one objective. We also focus on e-safety within our curriculum, ensuring that all children know how to stay safe online. 

How do we teach computing at Bickley?

At Bickley, each year group within KS1 and KS2 follow the Rising Stars, Switched on Computing scheme of work. To ensure progression of skills Switched on Computing includes six flexible units for each year covering:

  • Programming 
  • Computational thinking
  • Creativity
  • Computer networks
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Productivity
  • Online safety

How do we keep children safe online?

How to stay safe online forms a huge part of computing lessons at Bickley. Children have access to more internet-ready devices than ever before and it is important that children understand how to be safe and why this is important. Within school, we talk about not sharing any personal information online, where to go if you feel at risk online and how to be kind online. Visitors such as ChildNet help us to reinforce this message and provide up-to-date information for children, teachers and parents.

Below are a few websites and apps that are really useful for helping to keep your child safe online.

Internetmatters.org – website run by the ‘Big 5’ providers. The BBC have just provided their support too. There is also an app.

BBC Own It – a website that is full of information for both parents and children. The app has recently been released and encourages children to take ownership of their own decisions, safety and behaviour online.

Apple Screentime – available on all Apple devices. It can be set up by a parent to stop an app after a certain amount of time.

NetAware app – includes information about all the current apps that are popular with children of all ages. It has a function to search for apps by colour even if they don’t know the name of the app itself.

Here's what children at Bickley think about computing.