Computing at Chipping Warden Primary Academy
Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing, we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way.
Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
What does it look like at Chipping Warden Academy?
At Chipping Warden, computing is taught in discreet computing lessons. The computing curriculum is delivered through the implementation of the Long Term Plan below. As a school we have chosen to follow the Purple Mash computing scheme. This aligns with our teaching aims of working in discreet units, and enables the children to save their work in online portfolios that will travel with them on their journey through the school. With each years progression the children will gather more and more evidence of their computing skills that can be shared and assessed across the whole school. We believe Purple Mash provides the children with those computing skills, such as word/excel, formula writing and specific skills in coding and programming, that are now needed in the modern world. Each child has access to the internet and is taught how to use it appropriately and safely alongside how search engines and websites operate. Internet safety is taught regularly at an age appropriate level and forms the basis of all Computing learning. Computing is also cross-curricular, progressing children's learning in all areas of the curriculum. Through Purple Mash every child has access to a huge range of online resources, which can be used to support children with their learning both at school and at home.