What our pupils will learn
Howitt Primary has chosen to use the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of work from Year 1 up to Year 6. This scheme of work allows our teachers to deliver fun and engaging lessons which will help to enable all pupils to achieve their full potential. We are happy that the scheme of work meets the requirements for the National Curriculum for Computing. Purple Mash also provides strong cross-curricular links as well as excellent supporting material for all teachers.
In the Foundation Stage, our young digital citizens develop a greater understanding of the world by recognising a range of technology that is used in their homes and school. Through experimenting with a range of different equipment such as iPads, PCs, cameras, microphones and mechanical toys, the children will begin to speculate on why things happen or how things work and interact with age appropriate computer software. Within EYFS class discussions, the children will carefully consider how to use the technological equipment safely following our school rules and what they should do if they come across something they don’t like.
Computing in the National Curriculum in England
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
The National Curriculum states that pupils should be taught what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. To create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behavior of simple programs. It also states that pupils in Key Stage 1 should use technology purposefully to create, organise, store manipulate and retrieve digital content. To recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6)
In Key Stage 2 Pupils should be taught to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output. Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Progress and Assessment in Computing
The learning of pupils is assessed during the course as well as at the end using the assessment documents which are of the Purple Mash computing scheme. Click below to see the progression in knowledge and skills is taught through Purple Mash.