At St Peter and St Paul, we use the Purple Mash Scheme of Work to teach the Computing curriculum. This ensures all children receive a balanced coverage of the three strands of Computing; Computer Science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), Information Technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and Digital Literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).
Children enjoy learning about the different areas of Computing through a series or progressive activities enabling them to explore and make connections with their knowledge and skills. Lessons are sequenced and learning is built upon year on year to maximise opportunities and learning for all pupils.
Pupils may also use Computers to develop links with their Literacy, Maths, Science, Topic or RE work across the school. We encourage children to complete home learning set by their class teacher to develop their confidence in working independently on the computer.
At St Peter and St Paul, we believe Computing plays an important part in ensuring children are equipped with the life skills to prepare them for their futures in the digital world we now live in. It is also vital to ensure children are socially responsible online, fully understanding the risks as well as the benefits of technology and are confident in knowing how to respond to things they see online to ensure their safety.
We also enjoy taking part in the annual Safer Internet Day, using this as an opportunity to once again highlight the importance of being safe online.
Teachers assess children’s work in Computing by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. Children are also encouraged to evaluate their own work and learning. Teachers then plan and adapt lesson content for the next lesson to best fit the needs of the children.
Learning walks, online Computing folders and pupil voice activities will be undertaken to support teachers in reaching their judgements. We communicate pupil progress in Computing with parents and carers each academic year.
Safer Internet Day 2023
We celebrated Safer Internet Day and the theme for 2023 was 'Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.'
We had the '3 Discovery' team come in to run a series of workshops for each class based around being safe online. The day will began with a whole school assembly introducing the theme for 2023 and what this means. The rest of the day each class had a workshop aimed to help the children understand how to stay safe online and answer any questions that they may have. Reception and Year 1 made digital posters using iPads and Year 2 & Year 3 made animated posters, also using iPads.
3 Discovery also ran a Parent Workshop after school, looking at 'How to keep your children safe online.'