What are our Computing aims?
At Leven Valley Primary School 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
- information technology
These three strands are taught through weekly computing lessons.
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 Leven Valley 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 Heartsmart, Kidsafe and focused lessons throughout the school year.
Through our computing curriculum, we want to ensure every child leaves Leven Valley with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a responsible, competent, confident and creative user of information and communication technology.
How is Computing taught?
As Computing is a statutory subject, all classes are taught and learn Computing at least once a week as well as discreetly with 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 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 school are encouraged to use technology where appropriate to support their learning in all subjects and to share their work on relevant platforms.
What is the impact
Our Computing Curriculum has been structured to demonstrate a progression of knowledge and skills and ensures that children can build on their understanding, as each new concept and skill is taught with opportunities for children to revisit skills and knowledge as they progress through school.
Children become digitally literate and are ready to confidently use technology at home and at school. We believe it is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to create, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and future