We have adopted an ambitious 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 logical thinking and 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 diverse and relevant Computing curriculum. In addition to Purple Mash, pupils have the opportunity to use other forms of hardware (video cameras, Ozobots, Bee-Bots) to develop their understanding of the digital world.
We have a duty to ensure all pupils feel confident to use technology responsibly: e-safety is taught regularly in PSHE and we work with parents to build a community of respectful internet-users.
What is our approach to Computing?
Our Computing curriculum has three strands (Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy) which enable pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Pupils learn the principles of Computer Science and develop the skills to create their own applications. We want our pupils to create meaningful projects throughout their time and have ownership over what they create. Within Information Technology we ensure all pupils have a secure understanding of the types of systems that they interact with daily and feel confident understanding the world around then. Developing perseverance 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 and explicit teaching of key skills. 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. In Year 4 and 6 computing is taught in 2-hour slots in rotation with another subject.
Each Purple Mash lesson begins by setting out the learning objective in a real life context to encourage discussion of the wider use of Computing. From Year 1, all pupils are expected to memorise and use their personal log-in to develop 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 independent work and save it into their personal folder. In addition to Purple Mash, pupils are encouraged to practise touch-typing regularly to develop their digital literacy.
Alongside the timetabled slot, teachers embed cross-curricular publishing across their other subjects. Pupils may use Computers to develop links with their Literacy, Maths, Science, Topic or RE work across the school.
How do we measure success in Computing?
Most lessons in Computing will result in an independent task recorded in pupils’ Purple Mash user account. Teachers are able to access work and provide feedback to pupils. For certain tasks, the emphasis will be on utilizing software to develop technological skills and problem-solving rather than task completion. In these cases, pupils can self-assess their experience with a task digitally for a teacher to assess their understanding.