A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught 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 are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures 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 the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
(National Curriculum, DfE)
We follow the ‘Purple Mash’ scheme for the majority of our Computing curriculum.
Our programme of study has been selected to provide a rich, relevant and challenging curriculum for all learners to reach their potential in acquiring the computational skills they need to navigate the wider world. It is rich in computer science knowledge and programming knowledge. Through weekly lessons in Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils gain practical experiences in problem solving through coding, debugging and writing computer programs. We ensure that they have access to, and experience of, appropriate hardware and software to enable them to achieve the highest level of competence and understanding, regardless of background or level of attainment. Whenever possible and where relevant to do so, links are made across the curriculum to embed skills.
Keeping children safe online and supporting them in being independent in this is a regular key component of our curriculum offer. As a result of our broad, progressive and sequenced curriculum, we aim for all of our learners to leave Abbey View with a strong sense of computing literacy.