At St Augustine’s we believe that every child needs to have the capability to use technology throughout their lives. As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6 as we believe that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school. We believe that technology can provide: enhanced learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support the understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils.
We recognise the challenges and risks this technology brings and aim to embed Internet safety throughout the school, providing all pupils with the knowledge skills and confidence to use the Internet in a safe and respectful manner.
By following the Purple Mash Computing scheme of work, we ensure the three key areas of the curriculum are covered. Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy are covered throughout the year as outlined below. Parents are able to access Purple Mash at home and support their child to develop the skills and knowledge needed, with a variety of activities and games.
At St Augustine’s we encourage children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this. The way pupils share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through tools like Purple Mash and Google Classroom. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes.