Our computing curriculum has been specifically tailored to meet the unique context of our schools. It is designed to be broad and balanced, providing all pupils with the opportunity to master their learning and deepen their knowledge, making sense and giving purpose as to why we learn about computing. Teachers will provide pupils with challenging big questions about computing, which will help them change and transform our society, putting their faith into action.
At All Saints we believe that computing helps to prepare the children for life in 21st century Britain, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of technology and the technological world around them. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate providing them with vital skills needed for the future.
We aim to build high levels of competence in the subject specific skills of:
- Algorithms and Programming
- Information Technology
- Digital Literacy
Computing is taught through the framework of the 2014 National curriculum. The principles and content of its requirements have been carefully placed at the heart of the school’s programmes of study in computing.
The school uses the ‘2simples-Purple Mash` Scheme of work, focusing on Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science. The scheme of work will help to ensure a consistent approach to the teaching of computing and provide the children with a broad and balanced curriculum. Where possible, children will use their computing skills across the curriculum
The school is equipped with a set of Chromebooks and Ipads. The Chromebooks have Purple Mash installed for programming purposes as well as Microsoft office. Each teacher has their own personal IPAD to use in class, a user name and password to access the school system and a school e-mail. We have access to a computing technician to monitor and maintain the database and school network who visits on a weekly basis.
Any work completed on Purple Mash will be saved onto individual log-ins and can be accessed by teachers for monitoring purposes.
In Computing, assessment of pupil progress is undertaken against the age-related expectations for Computing. This includes any final pieces of work and any whole class assessment that staff might undertake. The outcomes of these assessments are used by class teachers to evaluate the quality of coverage of the ARE in Computing and to inform aspects of learning that need to be strengthened to improve the quality of provision and to enhance pupil progress.
A high quality of computing education aims to develop a range of programming and technological skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, including Science Mathematics, English and History. As they progress through KS1 and 2 children will become increasingly confident in:
- The application of their digital skills.
- Becoming increasingly efficient and effective communicators, collaborators and analysts,
- Showing imagination and creativity in their use of ICT in different aspects of their learning and life beyond school.
- E-safety and the risks involved when using the internet.
We seek to inspire in children a love of computing and aim to provide the children with the necessary skills needed for their further education and careers.