This page will give you more information about the curriculum in Computing and what your child will be learning during their time at Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School.
At Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School, we understand the important value that technology provides in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum, day-to-day life within our school and also the immense role it plays in our pupil’s lives as they grow up.
Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing whilst also providing enhanced collaborative learning opportunities, engagement in rich content and supporting pupil’s conceptual understanding of new concepts which support the needs of all our pupils.
Our school aim is for all of our pupils to develop their computational thinking skills and creativity. At the core of the Computing curriculum lies computer science. Our children are able to build on their knowledge using information technology skills and by becoming computer literate. The use of Purple Mash across the school underpins the curriculum needs for all of these areas. Computing teaching has links with many subjects and our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that pupils become digitally literate and digitally resilient. Technology is ever evolving and we aim to develop pupils who can use and express themselves, develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The aims of our Computing curriculum are to develop pupils who:
• Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
• Know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
• Become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
• Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
• Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
• Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
• Become digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world.
• Are equipped with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
• Have a ‘can do’ attitude when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
• Understand and follow the SMART E-Safety rules.
• Know who to contact if they have concerns.
To ensure high standards of teaching in computing, we implement a curriculum that is coherent and progressive throughout the whole school. Computing is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and at Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School implementation of the computing curriculum is in line with 2014 Primary National Curriculum requirements for KS1 and KS2 and the Foundation Stage Curriculum in England. This provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each key stage.
At Kilkhampton, we use Purple Mash as a cohesive scheme of work addressing the statutory aspects of the National Curriculum. In the Early Years the approach is through cross-curricular learning with an emphasis on hands on experiences and is assessed through the Understanding the World, Early Learning Goal. Teaching is through context-based and role play experiences using many resources such as iPads and programmable toys.
From Year 1 upwards, Our Computing Progression Model is supplemented by the Purple Mash scheme of work which we follow from Year 1-6, ensuring coherence and progression throughout the school. Our progression is broken into three strands that make up the computing curriculum. These are Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computer Science underlines the knowledge and skills relating to programming, coding, algorithms and computational thinking. Information Technology underlines the knowledge and skills relating to communication, multimedia and data representation and handling. Digital Literacy underlines the knowledge and skills relating to online safety and technology uses.
The Purple Mash scheme of work enables clear coverage of the computing curriculum whilst also providing support for less confident teachers to deliver lessons. At Kilkhampton, teachers use the Purple Mash scheme of work which are split into year groups. Computing lessons are broken down into units, usually with two units taught per half-term. Computing and safeguarding go hand in hand and at Kilkhampton we provide a huge focus on internet safety inside and outside of the classroom. All pupils study an online safety unit through their computing lessons. At Kilkhampton Junior and Infant School we also have children who are internet safety officers. They are appointed to the role to be ambassadors for how to be safe online. We also believe that it is important to engage with parents over online safety. Therefore, parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.
Units are practical and engaging and allow computing lessons to be hands on. Units cover a broad range of computing components such as coding, spreadsheets, internet and email, databases, communication networks, touch typing, animation and online safety. Teachers should ensure that ICT and computing capability is also achieved through core and foundation subjects and where appropriate and necessary ICT and computing should be incorporated into work for all subjects when appropriate.
We have a wide range of resources to support our computing teaching including but not limited to, iPads, laptops, bee-bots and cameras. Pupils may use laptops or iPads independently, in pairs, alongside a TA or in a group with the teacher. Computing work can be stored and saved using pupil log in details and ‘2do’s’ can also be set for pupils. Each class has a display board that also displays a range of computing related work.
Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities in order for them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.
Our Computing Curriculum is progressive and builds on key skills in the different computational components. It is planned to demonstrate cohesion and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and also on vocabulary which also form part of the units of work.
If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
• Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
• Work samples looked at by teachers and computing lead. This work is saved in pupil files on their Purple Mash account.
• Photo evidence and images of the pupils practical learning (particularly in EYFS).
• Monitoring with our subject computing lead visits to ensure that all classes have a consistent coverage of the curriculum.
• Opportunities for dialogue between teachers and computing lead for reflective teacher feedback.
• Progress is measured through regular teacher assessments. These take place at the end of each unit of work taught and judgements are made against the NC objectives. The Purple Mash emerging, expected, exceeding indicators are used to ensure consistency of assessment across all year groups.
• Teachers make a judgement at the end of each term as to whether a child is making good progress. This allows for data analysis to identify any gaps of knowledge or skills. This can then be identified for teacher’s future planning.
At Kilkhampton, we use Purple Mash to teach the computing curriculum. Please find links to each of the classes display boards where you can see some of the work that children have being doing in their computing lessons!
The digital ambassadors are children who have a love for technology and have volunteered to help the staff and children in their classes at Kilkhampton Junior & Infant School make the most of their learning through technology. They have received training and play an active role in supporting lessons and ensuring that all equipment is ready for learning.
Their main responsibilities include: