At Ainderby Steeple CE School, our intent for Computing is to teach a practical and progressive curriculum through discreet lessons based on the Purple Mash Scheme of Learning.
We see Computing as an integral part of learning and life and recognise the importance of teaching pupils how to stay safe in our increasingly online world. We aim to give children the confidence to embrace ever-changing modern technology independently and to equip all of our pupils to behave responsibly and honestly online. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting our curriculum but in the day-to-day life of our school. We believe that technology can provide creative and collaborative learning opportunities and better engagement of pupils, as well as access to rich content.
We aim to challenge pupils and encourage them to take ownership of their learning, making them responsible and active learners. At Ainderby, we deliver lessons which are fun, engaging and practical, allowing all of our children to develop an enjoyment of Computing and the skills needed to fully and safely engage in our increasingly technologically advanced world.
What does computing look like at our school?
Planning: The progression of the Computing curriculum across school is in line with age related expectations based on NC2014 and supported by Purple Mash planning and curriculum resources.
Teaching: As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. In Preschool, although Computing is not part of the curriculum, we ensure that there are opportunities for our youngest children to engage meaningfully with technology through play.
The Purple Mash scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work provides flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and gives excellent supporting material for teachers.
We also make use of a variety of interactive games and resources to build enjoyment and boost understanding and to meet the needs of specific pupils (e.g. Sumdog, Dyslexia Gold).
Marking and Feedback: This is designed to support children to know what they need to do to improve and is given verbally or via the interactive marking tools within Purple Mash.
Assessment: Pupil attainment is assessed using Sonar. This enables staff to accurately identify attainment of pupils against key learning intention statements taken from NC2014. Each pupil also has a portfolio in Purple Mash containing selected pieces of work which travels with them as they move through our school and provides evidence for individual progress over time.
Moderation: We have a rolling programme of in-house monitoring which includes work scrutiny, pupil conferencing, lesson observations, learning walks and presentations to governors.
Opportunities to celebrate computing
Internet Safety Day (February), daily use of laptops and iPads in classrooms to support learning, Purple Mash used by pupils across school to present their work.
The impact of our Computing curriculum is that our children are growing in their confidence using computers and other technology and developing an awareness of how to independently maintain their own personal safety in an increasingly online world. Children are encouraged to make use of technology across the curriculum and in their independent learning. The teaching of coding and debugging skills helps our children to develop their problem-solving resilience.
As a result, children are developing their ability to confidently find information using online sources and understand how to assess the reliability of such materials. Pupils are able to describe how to stay safe online and understand both what their responsibility is and how to report their concerns if needed. They are confident using a variety of web-based learning platforms to support their learning.
Marking and feedback, given verbally and via the tools in Purple Mash, are designed to support children to know what they need to do to improve.
Quotes from our children
“I love using the laptop and learning how to use different techniques.”
“I really like computing and using the laptops because I like learning what to do and going home and practicing it.”
“Computing is great, especially 2 Code.”
“I like it when we have partners to help each other.”
“We learn how to use computers safely.”
“I like computing because you get to make systems and make codes.”
The subject leader for Computing is Mrs L Watts.