We follow Purple Mash Schemes of Work to deliver the computing curriculum. Children each have a log in to Purple Mash. We recognise and celebrate the way that technology has revolutionised the way we live, study and work and our intent is that pupils build their knowledge and understanding of computer science and build these skills through a wide range of technology. This enables them to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Children have opportunities to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer program in order to solve such problems.
We provide a high-quality computing education that equips pupils to become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology, allow them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn so that they become creative users of computing technology suitable for the future workplace.
Computing has deep links with other subject areas too mathematics, science, engineering and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. It is a subject that is ever evolving hence it is vital that pupils develop skills and inquisitiveness to become life- long learners taking responsibility of their own learning. We take Internet safety extremely seriously. Our curriculum therefore places equal emphasis on teaching ‘Online Safety’ in line with the expectations of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 (KCSIE 2021)
We operate a two year rolling programme to ensure that the full national curriculum is covered at each keystage. An example of this rolling programme, which also demonstrates how the different curriculum strands are covered, is available in Appendix B. The full version is available on our website and detailed unit plans are available on request. We selected Purple Mash because we felt it best aligned with with our vision for computing, a well as being accessible with our technology.
SEND and Vulnerable Pupils
Activities on purple mash are accessible to all children. The nature of the activities allows children to work at their own pace and to access support videos where they need to. Adjustments can also be made by class teachers, assigning different tasks where appropriate to a child’s stage of development. Other adjustments are made as required in line with every day classroom practice such as pre teaching of key vocabulary.
By the time children leave Laddingford they are able to use a range of technology safely and confidently including a variety of devices and software. They are able to keep themselves safe online and have the necessary foundations to allow them to go on to be active participants in a digital world.