Aims and objectives:
At Dairy Meadow we aim for children to have access to a high-quality computing education which equips them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. At Dairy Meadow computing has deep links with English, Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology. The main objectives in our computing curriculum will teach pupils the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils will have the skills to use information technology safely to create programs, systems, and a range of content.
Teaching and Learning:
The school has introduced the computing programme Purple Mash as part of the computing curriculum. Purple Mash is an innovative computing programme which is taught from Year 1 to 6 with Early Years incorporating computing through the non-statutory guidance Development Matters. Purple Mash is a creative online programme of study from 2Simple. Purple Mash hosts an exciting mash-up of curriculum focused activities, creative tools, programs and games to support and inspire creative learning every day. From poems to newspapers, masks and 3D models, coding, animations, and textured paintings.
As Purple Mash is online, children can continue learning in their home environment with the support of their parent or carer. Each user receives an individual login to save and retrieve their work, whether they are learning in school or at home. Teachers can set additional activities linked to varies subjects, thus cross curricular links are deepened. To ensure children are aware of their safety when online, the school will participate regularly in whole school national online safety campaigns. This online safety guidance will be extended to parents via online safety and computing curriculum guidance workshops run by the school and termly computing newsletters.
Children can submit activities completed at the end of every session for teachers to mark and assess against the intended learning objective. Teachers will be able to assess children at the end of each unit by assessing against outcomes achieved.
INSET led by Purple Mash to help staff develop delivery of this new programme. Opportunities for staff to voice views on ease of delivery through termly computing surveys. This information gathered will be used to create professional development opportunities through INSET to help delivery an enriched computing curriculum at Dairy Meadow.
Monitoring and Evaluating:
Termly surveys will be sent out to gauge staff delivery of Purple Mash. Staff will be able to convey their thoughts and any improvements that will ensure productive delivery across the school. Termly learning walks will help SLT and Computing Champion to gather and evaluate pupil voice and implement strategies to help deliver a consistent computing curriculum across the school.
Computing links to the wider word through talks from external agencies and individuals from varied IT backgrounds. Computing at Dairy Meadow will also ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for high education, the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Skills Builder Links:
Children are engaging in termly activities and Skills builder trips to local businesses, where children will learn how the use of information and communication technology is a vital part of working life.