Computing Curriculum at St Bernard's
- Provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging Computing curriculum for all pupils, encouraging pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
- Provide technology solutions for forging better home and school links, equipping children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
- Equip pupils with skills, strategies and knowledge that will enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves or others while instilling in each child critical thinking, reflective learning and a ‘can do’ attitude.
- As a school we will use technology imaginatively and creatively to inspire and engage all pupils, as well as using it to be more efficient in the tasks associated with running an effective school.
- We aim to exceed the minimum government recommended/statutory guidance for programmes of study for Computing and other related legislative guidance (online safety).
We at St Bernard’s take online safety very seriously. As such, we actively participate in Internet Safety Day, alongside classroom teaching, assemblies and parent communication. We expect children to have a secure understanding of how they can be kept safe online, ensuring this understanding is refreshed and updated throughout each year, from Early Years to the end of Year 6.
To further equip our children with the knowledge needed for online safety outside of school, we provide parents and carers with advice, caution and information via talks, our Facebook and weekly newsletter.
Aims of the National Curriculum
The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Computing has vast potential across the curriculum, from using hardware to type up finished written work, identifying specific information on influential people or entering data to produce results in graphs, tables and charts. Purple Mash provides specific programs for English, Mathematics, Science, topics and Serial Mash (online books – note, this is at an extra cost). EYFS also have ‘Mini Mash’ for basic computing.
The computing curriculum at St Bernard’s promotes stimulating and progressive learning. This is delivered through a variety of fun and creative programs found on Purple Mash. Each class has an allocation of an hour a week to use the iPads, this ensures the computing hour is used either for specific computing targets or alongside other curricular lessons. Availability of further time for iPad use is booked and written on the weekly planner (either back of cupboard door for KS2 or inside the cabinet for KS1).
As the current scheme of work followed by the school is flexible to each child, with many of the programs designed for individuals to progress at their own pace, often enabling children to decide on the difficulty of the lesson, whilst covering of key concepts and vital terminology.
As children move up through school, previous knowledge and skills learnt will assist them in navigating Purple Mash and improving their confidence in the use of technology throughout their lives. Children also have the opportunity to complete tasks, set by teachers, in their own home while also exploring the software themselves.