Children will learn how to stay safe when using technology and to know what to do if they come across something that is not suitable. We follow the Purple Mash scheme of work for computing which provides children with a range of technological experiences using a variety of tools whilst learning about, computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Each year group has a range of different units which teachers have looked at and sequenced in a way to build upon previously learnt skills and to link with other areas of the curriculum.
Computing is taught as a discrete lesson from years 1 to 6 and then the skills taught can then be used in other lessons to reinforce the learning that has taken place. Lessons are taught through a mixture of unplugged activities (without the use of technology) or logged into Purple Mash using an internet browser. Homework, such as activities and games from the lessons, can be set as 2Dos and then accessed at home for the children to revisit work from lessons to consolidate their learning. Early years children have access to a range of age-appropriate technology and can access the Mini Mash section of Purple Mash which has a range of different activities and games linking to the seven areas of development.
Children regularly receive an e-safety lesson each half term, developing their e-awareness, online research skills and their communication and collaboration.
Pupils build upon their previous knowledge in each area of computing each year.
Pupils know how to write a simple algorithm and can use their problem-solving skills to debug an algorithm to make it work.
Pupils know how to keep themselves safe when using technology and when they are online.
Pupils know how use the internet to retrieve information and are aware of the dangers of fake news.
Pupils can access the computing resources at home using their log on to deepen their understanding and to consolidate their learning.
Catch up resources and how to videos can be used to support children who are finding a topic difficult.
We follow the Purple Mash scheme of work for computing. Topics covered include:
- Coding and computational thinking
- Internet and email
- Art and design
- Databases and graphing
- Writing and presenting
- Communication and networks
Each child can access Purple Mash using their individual usernames and passwords, homework and home learning can be found in the 2Dos section of the homepage.
In EYFS the children have access to a range of technological toys and age-appropriate software. We encourage the children to develop their computational thinking and problem-solving skills through their play.
Internet safety lessons are taught regularly each half term. We take part in Internet safety day every year, this year this is on Tuesday 8th February 2022. The theme is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. We will be completing different activities throughout the day from Nursery to Year 6.
To learn more about internet safety at home, children can access the Google Interland game which helps to teach your child all about being kind online; the difference between real and fake information; sharing with care; and keeping information secure. (link to game https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland/landing/tower-of-treasure )
Useful links for parents
Please check the weekly newsletters on Parent Hub for internet safety updates.
For more information on Internet safety and how to help your child stay safe online please see the following websites: