We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing curriculum but also in the world we live in today. Technology is rapidly advancing and thus, we must develop children who are both technologically-astute as well as enthuse and equip them with the capability to use technology throughout their lives. Furthermore, we endeavour to hone in on the wider opportunities that Computing can provide: enhanced collaborative learning; better engagement of pupils and development of critical thinking and reflective learning skills.
In order to address these aims, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. The scheme of work ensures delivery of engaging lessons, which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that this carefully crafted scheme of work expertly meets the national vision for Computing, providing immense flexibility and strong cross-curricular links.
Our curriculum offers progression across three main strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. In EYFS, this begins with a broad, play-based experience of Computing in a range of contexts, allowing our children to explore the technology around them. This is developed into understanding, writing and testing programs together with using search technologies effectively.
Whilst we are aware that the Internet is an exceptional tool for learning, creativity and engagement, we are conscious of the challenges it can present. We therefore address these via teaching an e-safety unit to each year group as well as using external agencies such as Streetwise and NSPCC to emphasise the message in assemblies and workshops.