We follow the Purple Mash scheme of work at Holy Family. The skills in the scheme of work are broken down into Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. As children progress through the school, they will develop their knowledge and skills in areas such as online safety, coding, spreadsheets and databases.
Online safety is taught to the children at the beginning of each year. Each classroom displays a SMART poster, which outlines ways to stay safe online. This is complimented by activities on Online Safety Day and online safety workshops. The school recognises there is often an overlap between home and school when it comes to activities and communications between children online. Parents are therefore kept up to date with advice on this area through notices in newsletters, the school website and parents’ information sessions. Teachers are also in regular contact with parents using the ClassDojo app.
Both KS1 and KS2 pupils use laptops in both computing and cross-curricular lessons. All pupils are exposed to computing on a daily basis, with teachers using their interactive whiteboards and other computing classroom resources such as visualisers. We dedicate approximately one hour a week to computing, with some classes completing a double lesson every other week to explore a topic in more depth.
Children have the opportunity to use computing resources in other lessons. For example, the school uses the Learning by Questions website, which children use for maths and English and Times Tables Rockstars. Purple Mash has many cross-curricular activities which compliment the children's learning such as in science, art and topic. Purple Mash is also used as a homework setting facility.
We aim for children to be enthused by technology and for them to be aware of the possibilities it provides. Our intention is that children leave Holy Family being technologically literate and able to stay safe in and keep up with the digital world.