Subject leader: Mrs Smith
(Ms K Isaac caretaking)
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity within their current and future workplaces. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of Computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation; how digital systems work; and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to safely use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information technology.
At Northlands, computing is taught on a fortnightly basis for an afternoon to allow for a substantial amount of time to teach the skills covered in each unit. As a school, we use the online programme Purple Mash: we chose this programme (provided and widely used throughout Warwickshire) as it provided teachers and children with safe, easy to use framework. Purple Mash facilitates teachers in achieving the very best outcomes for pupils, regardless of their starting points. The scheme of work provides opportunities for pupils to cover the three strands of computing content (Online Safety, Digital Literacy and Computing Science) to ensure a spread of complimentary opportunities and skills to allow for curriculum coverage. The programme exposes pupils to a wide variety of skills, experiences and poignant real-life scenarios which supports the notion of cultural capital; providing the foundations that lead to well-rounded global citizens. Many resources provided on the programme may be utilised across the curriculum to scaffold and challenge children in other subjects.
Through lesson observations and children's work, it is clear that pupils have been exposed to a range of programmes and skills through the careful planning and resources available provided by the scheme. Pupils, including those with SEND needs, enjoy their learning in computing lessons and are beginning to talk about their learning using high level language.
We look to support parents and children at home by providing laptops and other technology to support learning from home. To ensure computer fluency and enjoyment, we set a proportion of homework through Purple Mash.