The Computing objectives are delivered through a curriculum devised by our Computing Leader who has ensured full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives for both Key Stages 1 & 2.
There are 3 strands to the Computing Curriculum:
- Computer Science—pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Information Technology— to create programs, systems and a range of content. Using technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
- Digital Literacy— Pupils are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. Essentially they become confident and creative users of technology.
Our curriculum is taught through Purple Mash, an online tool that delivers the computing curriculum through a series of fun and creative units for each year group. These units are designed to engage children whilst also giving them full coverage of the computing curriculum and the three strands. As well as computing, Purple Mash seeks to embed computing skills in a range of other subjects. It has applications for English, Maths and Science that teachers can use to broaden the learning experience of their children. For both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the curriculum is delivered in the computer suite during a 45 minute session each week. However, staff are encouraged to provide additional opportunities to develop our children’s digital confidence by using the laptops, cameras, beebots and ipads in all subjects.
For foundation stage children in Nursery and Reception, there is a slightly different version of Purple Mash called Mini Mash. This provides children with the resources that they need to develop in the four specific areas of the Early Years Statutory Framework. Teachers can utilise their designated computing slot to address these areas and help children progress towards the Early Learning Goal.
We also deliver an e-safety curriculum to ensure our children are responsible users of the internet who know how to stay in control. E-safety objectives are delivered through Purple Mash in addition to our half-termly e-safety days. We have an e-safety leader who has developed an e-safety scheme which is taught through 6 half day sessions—one each half term. There is a whole school focus for each half term and a special assembly introduces each e-safety week. We are currently using Project Evolve for the delivery of these sessions. This is a scheme devised by the South-West Grid for Learning in conjunction with Safer Internet UK.
A weekly E-Safety club is run by our e-safety and computing lead with a group of Year 5&6 ‘E-Safety Champions’ who have been trained to advise and support children in Key Stage 2 with any e-safety concerns they have. This is currently postponed due to the pandemic however an 'Internet Safety Worry Box' is located in the computer suite for children to access with the computing lead checking it regularly.
As well as the children, we provide our parents with many opportunities throughout the year to develop their computing skills; ranging from beginner courses to internet safety workshops. On top of this, children are given their Purple Mash logins so that parents have the opportunity to explore Purple Mash with their children at home.