Intent and implementation
At WPA we deliver the computing National Curriculum objectives through the Purple Mash Scheme of learning. Via Purple Mash, computing is organised into three core strands outlined in the National Curriculum: computational thinking, digital literacy and information technology. These three strands are usually taught through weekly computing lessons but are sometimes blocked to support progression. In addition, via our topics computing is utilised in other areas of the curriculum where children use their digital literacy skills to create content in subjects such as Mathematics, English, Geography, Science and Design and Technology. We support the children to fine tune their research and data gathering skills using ICT. Through this approach we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
An integral element of computing at WPA is teaching children how to use the internet safely and responsibly both in the school and in the wider community. We aim to achieve this objective through termly assemblies, parent workshops and focused lessons throughout the school year. Additionally, across the school in Autumn 1 there will be a focus on using technology safely following the objectives set out in the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2.
Through our computing curriculum, we want to ensure every child leaves WPA with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a responsible, competent, confident and creative user of information and communication technology.
As Computing is a statutory subject, all classes teach and learn Computing discretely as well as embedded within other subjects. Computing is mapped out across the curriculum using the Purple Mash scheme of work focusing on the objectives stated in the National Curriculum. Children in the Early Years have access to a range of devices and remote-controlled toys and resources so that they can explore simple technologies independently and use them in their learning and play. Throughout Key Stage 1, children are taught to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. In Key Stage 2, children select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplishes given goals. Children across WPA are encouraged to use technology where appropriate to support their learning in all subjects and to share their work on relevant platforms.