At Mexborough St. John the Baptist C of E Primary we want ALL children to be keen learners in computing, confident to build upon and develop further the skills needed in this subject. We help children to be creative and imaginative in computing alongside making the teaching and learning of the subject fun, using real life contexts that children can relate to in their own lives. We believe that ALL children should have the skills needed to apply their knowledge in the different aspects of computing. We want to develop respectful, responsible citizens who take care of themselves and others through teaching pupils how to stay safe in our digital world.
We have a clear vision behind the computing curriculum which develops the skills across three key areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6 which supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons and helps to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and gives excellent supporting materials.
In Early Years we have 'Mini Mash' which Early Years use in their learning environments as well as using ICT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in roleplay indoors and outside. Pupils gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on devices and access to digital toys.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 children use 'Purple Mash' to begin to understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions. They write and test simple programs as well as learning to organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats. They learn how to communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private, and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 children build upon the skills and knowledge by designing and writing programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They describe how Internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely. Children are taught how to use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs. They learn how to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. They use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. They begin to understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the worldwide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
When teaching computing, children are taught the key skills that they will need by building upon the learning from previous years and remembering the knowledge that they have been taught so that learning 'sticks' which they can then use to understand new knowledge. Children learn new vocabulary each year, as well as using the language that they have already have acquired. These links in learning can then be applied in other contexts. The core skills of recall, understand, connect and apply are used to facilitate this.
Differentiation for vulnerable groups (SEND, Pupil Premium, etc.)
At Mexborough St. John the Baptist C of E Primary we aim to enable all children to achieve to their full potential. This includes children of all abilities, social and cultural backgrounds, those with disabilities, EAL speakers and SEN statement and non-statemented. We place particular emphasis on the flexibility technology brings to allowing pupils to access learning opportunities, particularly pupils with SEN and disabilities. With this in mind, we will ensure additional access to technology is provided throughout the school day and in some cases beyond the school day.
Pupils’ learning over time, reflects the intended curriculum. The concepts and big ideas provide the schema through which meaning is made and helps to ensure long term knowledge growth. This in turn ensures pupils know more and can do more. Research shows that repetition of course content leads to 'sticky learning'; the transfer of knowledge from the short term to long term memory. At Mexborough St John’s, we achieve this through regular retrieval practise. Children can speak with confidence about what they have learnt and how they can apply this to other parts of their learning. The impact of our curriculum will be seen not only in measurable attainment and progress but that St John the Baptist Primary School creates polite, well-mannered caring members of our school community who understand and respect everybody’s differences and needs. Pupils will have the tools to prosper and stay safe in this increasingly digital world.
Assessment is ongoing through computing units of work and includes a range of techniques to be more supportive of learning. Assessment may be done through assessment questions, teacher questioning that probes understanding, marking and feedback and retrieval practice. The assessment tool in 'Purple Mash' gives clear guidance on the outcomes after teaching each unit and can be used to inform future teaching and learning.