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Computing

At our school we want pupils to recognise that technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in throughout our students' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we use technology to model positive use. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education. Building our knowledge in this subject will allow pupils to effectively demonstrate their learning through creative use of technology. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.

Implementation and impact:

Here at St Paul’s we use Purple Mash as our main platform to teach the children the knowledge and skills they will need to support them in the world. It is important that the children experience a range of topics to support them when they leave school.  Computing is also taught through using cross curricular links as we feel it is important that children see computing as all-encompassing not just a standalone lesson. Technology is forever changing and it is important that we equip our children as much as possible to be able to keep up with the changes. To support children with this we use both Chrome books and ipads.

Here is a link to our website address for Purple Mash - https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stpaulsen7

Long term plan and Progression of knowledge

The attached document show the topics taught in each year and how our knowledge will develop.

Wow Calendar

Here at St Paul's we believe it is important for children to experience a range of activities and have opportunities that they may not always get. As a result we have a wow calendar which shows events, special days etc to do with computing, that are more than just meeting the curriculum. 

Knowledge organisers

We use knowledge organisers to support the children to understand what they are learning and to give them key vocabulary. Here is a sample of them. 

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