We have adopted an ambitious and challenging Computing curriculum to ensure pupils from EYFS to end of KS2, experience and practise varied forms of computational thinking and digital literacy. We value the use of technology to teach critical thinking as a tool to enhance all other areas of learning. Using the Purple Mash software and schemes of work, pupils are given the opportunity for a creative and diverse relevant Computing curriculum which allows children to challenge themselves in every lesson. In addition to Purple Mash, pupils have the opportunity to use other forms of hardware (recording devices and Bee-Bots) to develop confidence in their understanding of the digital world.
We have a duty to ensure all pupils feel confident to use technology responsibly and independently. E-safety is taught regularly in PSHE and we work with parents to build a community of respectful and confident communicators when using the internet.
What is our approach to Computing?
Our Computing curriculum has three strands (Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy) which enable pupils to become confident communicators and reflective learners in an increasingly digital world. Pupils learn the principles of Computer Science and develop the skills to creating their own projects and outcomes that they are proud of. We want our pupils to make projects in lessons that allow children to become critical thinkers and use their creativity to feel proud of what they achieve. Within Information Technology we ensure all pupils have a secure understanding of types of systems that they interact with daily and feel confident understanding the world around them. Developing resilience to establish a positive culture around mistakes to support debugging is central to our approach to coding. All pupils are given the opportunity to practice their Digital Literacy through cross curricular work where they can work collaboratively or independently to apply key skills in other contexts. For example: word processing, spreadsheets, creating images and publishing.
What does our approach to Computing look like in the classroom?
In most year groups, Computing is taught once a week through an hour-long lesson. Each Purple Mash lesson begins by setting out the learning objective in a real-life context to work collaboratively and discuss the wider use of Computing. From Year 1, all pupils are expected to memorise and use their personal log-in to develop independence and technological responsibility. After logging-in, teachers set software-related ‘2Dos’ which organise independent tasks into cloud-based folders which can be checked centrally from a teacher account. Following class discussion and teacher modelling, pupils complete their work independently and save it into their personal folder. Children have the chance to show case their learning and feel proud of what they have achieved. In addition to Purple Mash, pupils are encouraged to develop their digital literacy by using skills learnt across the curriculum and not just in isolation during a computing lesson. Pupils may use Computers to develop links with their Literacy, Maths, Science, Topic or RE work across the school. From year 3 onwards, most children have a Chromebook at home to use for explorative learning and to complete home learning set by their class teacher to develop their confidence in working independently on the computer.
How do we measure success in Computing?
Most lessons in Computing result in an independent task recorded in pupils’ Purple Mash user account. Teachers can access work and provide feedback to pupils to allow them to become resilient scholars and challenge themselves. For certain tasks, the emphasis will be on utilizing software to develop technological skills and problem-solving rather than task competition. In these cases, pupils can self-assess their experience with a task digitally for a teacher to assess their understanding. Teachers then plan and adapt lesson content for the next lesson to best fit the needs of the children.