As a school, we teach computing through the online learning platform Purple Mash. Purple Mash offers a scheme of work from Reception to Year 6 covering a wide range of areas in computing in line with the National curriculum guidelines. The pupils build upon prior learning and key skills as they move through the units of work. They have the opportunity to continue their learning at home and share what they have discovered with their parents. The key areas taught are:
- Coding and Computational thinking
- Internet and Email
- Art and Design
- Databases and graphing
- Writing and Presenting
- Communication and network
Throughout all of the key areas taught there is a constant emphasis on E-safety and equipping our pupils with the skills they need to stay safe on line and in an increasingly challenging digital world.
We also use Lego WeDo to enable our pupils to develop their programming skills and explore how a sequence of commands can affect the movements and decisions made by simple models and robots. WeDo enables science and computing to come to life through hands-on tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages pupils. Through project-based activities, pupils’ skills are enhanced across science, coding, engineering and technology. WeDo empowers pupils to ask the right questions, define problems, and design their own solutions by putting scientific discovery in their hands. During these lessons, the It Technician supports the teachers and children to progress their understanding of the coding sat behind the project based approach we have taken with Lego WeDo.
Alongside weekly computing lessons, pupils are given the opportunity to attend after school computing based clubs including Minecraft and coding. Both of these clubs are run by our in school IT technician and enable children to work in small groups to further develop their programming and coding skills.