St Jude's Catholic Primary School

St Jude's Catholic Primary School

"Together, we learn, love and grow with Jesus"

Computing

Intent 

Our computing curriculum aims to equip children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity. Our whole school curriculum drivers can be evidenced clearly in our teaching of Computing.

At St Jude’s we nurture our children to become confident and independent users of computing technologies, enjoying their activities but staying safe. We want them to feel secure and know who to speak to and what to do if they have any concerns when online.

We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. We are very privileged to have our own computer room which allows every child to have their own computers and headphones. We also have tablets that can be accessed in class.

Not only do we want our children to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, and through perseverance become problem-solvers and critical thinkers. All children are challenged to reach their full potential.

 

Implementation 

Across the Computing curriculum we want our children to acquire and then secure knowledge and transferable skills that are progressively embedded from early years to KS2 and beyond.

At St Jude’s we follow the National Curriculum programme of study which covers all three areas of Computing; Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. We use the Purple Mash scheme of work to ensure we meet the skills required.
Computing is planned, taught and assessed using the online scheme of work, resources and assessment tool from Purple Mash. These creative and exciting lessons are carefully timetabled so that each class has access to at least an hour a week in the computer suit.

Online safety lessons are also taught through purple mash, children will be taught how to keep safe online and who to speak to or what to do if they have any concerns. They will learn how to be responsible and keep information safe.

National Safer Internet Day is celebrated each year starting with a whole school assembly. The digital leaders will lead the assembly and talk about the importance of keeping safe online. The children will then complete a follow up activity in class.

The digital leaders have all taken part in a digital leaders training program. They learned about how to be a good digital leader and talked about how to keep safe online. The children then went to each class to talk about keeping safe online.

 

Impact

At St Jude’s we ensure children are making progress and check this after every topic through are assessment sheets. We identify if children are working towards or have achieved the objective. At the end of each term teachers will send subject leaders the percentage of children achieving/ not achieving and this will then be passed on to governors. Children who are not working at expected will be identified and their next teacher will be informed so that they are aware and can help them to achieve any missing objectives so that gaps are filled.

Knowledge organisers are stuck in children’s books so children can see what they will be learning. Progression steps have been identified from EYFS to Year 6 and half term monitoring is completed to check for progression. Children’s work in saved in their own Purple Mash files or work is printed off and stuck in books.

Each half term the subject leader will complete a monitoring cycle. This involves lesson observations, book scrutiny’s and staff audits. The subject leader will also carry out monitoring of pupil voice to see if children understand what they have learned and if they are using the correct vocabulary and understand what it means.

Computing Progression at St Jude's


Coding Progression Steps

Online Safety Progression Steps

Helpful tips for 'Parenting in a digital world'

Support your child to keep themselves safe online at home and in school. 


Information Technology Progression Steps

Technology in our Lives Progression Steps

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.

March 2021 

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.