At St Jude’s we understand the immense value technology plays in supporting the whole school curriculum, day-to-day life of our school and also the increasing role it plays in our pupils’ lives as they grow older. Our computing curriculum aims to equip children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity to enable them to participate effectively and safely in this digital world as technology is the future. At St Jude’s we intend to motivate and inspire children through lessons that engage and challenge all learners to reach their full potential. Enrichment plays a vital role in our teaching of the computing curriculum as specialist resources are sourced to ensure children can experiment and practice and develop their computing skills.
Purple Mash is the computing curriculum which we follow and adapt to meet the needs of our learners. It has three strands: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. The core of computing is the computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computations, and how digital systems work. Computing equips children to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media. It enables them to become digitally literate, so that they are able to express themselves and develop their own ideas through information technology. As we live in an ever-changing world of technology, we must instill the ability to persevere with new developments in our children, so that new and upcoming technologies will not deter them from progressing further. Our computing curriculum also incorporates how to stay safe on and off line in our current climate. The use of Purple Mash across the school underpins the curriculum needs for all of these areas.
Computing at St. Jude’s is taught in a number of ways.
In the Early Years the approach is through cross-curricular learning with an emphasis on hands on experiences. Teaching is through context-based and role play experiences using many resources such as ipads, programmable toys, the interactive whiteboard and Beebots. Pre-teaching of Purple Mash also takes place where children have access to the computer suite to access programs on Mini Mash.
From Year One upwards, we use Purple Mash as a cohesive scheme of work addressing the statutory aspects of the National Curriculum. As a school, we believe in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. By Year Six, our pupils are given more freedom to use other Computing tools such as working with ‘green screen’ technology and coding using ‘Scratch’.
All Computing lessons begin with the children acknowledging the on-line safety rules which are adhered to across the school community
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
- understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
- design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
Progress is measured through regular teacher assessments. These take place at the end of each unit of work taught and data is subsequently analysed. Evidence folders and computing books are kept to provide hard-copy samples of pupil’s work in each class and work done through Purple Mash is saved electronically in the children’s personal document folders.
Computing Progression at St Jude's
Helpful tips for 'Parenting in a digital world'
Support your child to keep themselves safe online at home and in school.
At St Jude's we subscribe to Purple Mash and each child is given their individual login.
Click on the Purple Mash icon above and then enter your login details.
A parent guide for '2 Do's' on Purple Mash
Teachers set '2 Do's' for children to complete tasks from home. Here is a guide to support your child to access this learning.
Coding Vocabulary to support your child at home
Computing Photo Gallery
St. Jude's Digital Leaders
Our digital leaders took part in 'Digitial Leaders' training and are now qualified to support their classes in school with computing. They then led a survey to find out about the use of online devices at home and shared their findings with everyone.
Our digital leaders carried out a survey about online devices at home so that they could support children with online safety.
Our digital leaders delivered a whole school assembly on Online Safety Day, They talked about how to keep safe online and who to speak to if you have any concerns. Each class then completed follow up activities about keeping safe online at home and in school. The digital leaders went around to each class to support with the activities.
Year 5 have been creating their own spreadsheets using the 2Calculate tool on Purple Mash. They used the 'count' tool to answer a hypothesis about which letters appear most often in the English language.’
Reception have been reading Elmer and talking about patterns. They have enjoyed using mini mash to create their own Elmer patterns.
Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed taking part in the drones workshop.
We learned how to code and fly drones. We inputted algorithms into the laptops and enjoyed watching the drones create different patterns and shapes.