At Grange Primary School, we value Computing as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum and believe that a high quality Computing education that equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The three main areas of our Computing curriculum are: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
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. Our curriculum aims to help pupils with the understanding of Computer Science. We believe that a high-quality Computing curriculum builds on this knowledge and equips pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate and are able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. Being digitally literate means pupils are suitably skilled for the workplace and are active participants in a digital world.
Online Safety: Our whole school approach to Online Safety helps to ensure children are taught how to stay safe online – both in and outside of school. Online Safety is an essential aspect of the curriculum as it equips pupils with the skills to fully utilise the internet and technology in a safe and respectful way. We address the principles of Online Safety and teach them in an age appropriate way.
We are well equipped with IT resources at Grange. All classes have Interactive White Boards. Lessons are interactive and engaging for the pupils. There is a set of iPads/ Chromebooks for each class to use across the curriculum. Google Classroom is used for online learning.
At Grange Primary School, we use Purple Mash as our main scheme of work to teach Computing. Our Computing curriculum follows the guidance stated in the National Curriculum. Lessons follow a clear and consistent teaching sequence. Computing is taught as an independent subject and aspects if it naturally occurs in other curriculum subjects. Topics are mapped out on the teacher’s Computing planning document. We expect all our teachers to follow the sequence outlined on the curriculum overviews.
The cross curricular nature of Computing offers a setting for children to apply knowledge and skills linked to nearly all other curriculum subjects. To ensure that children are being exposed to high-quality lessons focusing on the skills and knowledge required to be successful ‘computational thinkers’, we have invested in Purple Mash. This ensures that all key areas of the computing curriculum are taught and revisited during a child’s primary school years. This allows our children to build on their learning year after year, building on their vocabulary and to also practice skills where they may not be as confident and likewise, progress their knowledge and skills even further.