At Victoria Road Primary School Computing is taught through the Purple Mash programme of study (a link to this can be found below).
Through the use of a wide range of technologies children develop their understanding of E-Safety, Computer Science, Digital Productivity, Digital Creativity and Digital Citizenship.
As part of our whole school creative curriculum approach Computing and the use of technology is embedded throughout many subjects to enhance children's experience. Examples of this are creating class videos using a green screen, tracking air flow using iPads and using games (Such as No Man's Sky) as a hook for creative writing.
Purpose of study
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
Computing statement of intent
To develop children's experience and understanding of ICT, preparing them for jobs of the future.
At Victoria Road Primary, we intend to prepare our children to be confident and competent within a world that is heavily shaped by technology.
We recognise that our children, like many others, are using technology on a daily basis at home and at school therefore, within our curriculum, we aim to develop knowledge, understanding and confidence to ensure our children go through education and beyond being able to apply the computing skills they have learnt in everyday situations.
We intend for our children to develop their speaking and listening skills, within the computing curriculum, by using a range of different software where children of all ages can find, analyse and present information and further evaluate their presentations.
We aim to develop independent learners who are fluent in their understanding of computer science by teaching them how to use a range of programs where they are able to design, create and evaluate their work using specific vocabulary.
We ensure our children are taught the importance of safe internet use during computing lessons but also in our bespoke S.M.S.C/PSHE curriculum and annual Safer Internet Weeks were online safety is a focus. In every year group, e-safety, now online safety is a key focus and we are proud that a vast majority of our children have the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe online. We promote the importance of using technology safely and respectfully by ensuring all of our children have access to our key stage specific safe internet use posters, which are clearly displayed in every classroom. We have the SWGfL 360 Safety Mark and the BECTA ICT Mark.
Our ambition, for our children, is for them to leave us developing their digital literacy and being able to safely use technology and develop their ideas through information and communication technology, which they will be able to apply to their further education and future career to become masters of technology in the rapidly changing digital world.