Computing and technology is embedded in our curriculum and is an integral part of our day to day teaching and learning. Within this world, our children will almost certainly be faced with some form of computing and will require the necessary skills and understanding to embrace the technology that surrounds them as well as being effective, responsible and vigilant users throughout their life.
Computing is not just taught as a standalone subject, but is incorporated across the curriculum. Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through the teaching of computing, we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
Our computing curriculum is provided through the Purple Mash scheme which allows our children access to a range of engaging software from reception to Year 6; both in school and at home which is vital in a community such as ours with areas of high deprivation. The Purple Mash scheme supports our teachers to deliver fun and engaging lessons. It has strong cross-curricular links and provides excellent supporting material for teachers. As well as regular Computing lessons, the tools and skills learnt in Purple Mash allow our children to apply them throughout other curriculum areas and embed the skills in their day-to-day lives.
Computing is used on a regular basis to aid learning. Timestable Rockstars is a program that is used by children to increase their fluency with timestables. Key Stage 1 children use the program Bug Club as well as Lexia, which is used from Year 2 to Year 6. Our children who have English as an additional language are also supported to develop their language and understanding skills though Flash Academy.
Where a class, group or small number of pupils need to self-isolate, or there are local restrictions requiring pupils to remain at home, Children have been completing home learning tasks which have been set through Purple Mash and Google Classroom. This has enabled children to still access and to be taught the curriculum in the remote environment.
Computing is also a fundamental aspect of the Foundation Stage. Children are able to use the computers in their setting as well as having taught computing sessions in the suite. Children primarily use a version of Purple Mash, called Mini Mash. Mini Mash provides opportunities for the children to explore a variety of programs and develop very basic skills in a fun and interactive way. Children can use the program to create sounds and manoeuvre objects on the screen, as well as many other things.
Fosse Primary School takes internet safety extremely seriously. We have an Online Safety Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe when using technology. Safety is paramount and we ensure that all children are aware of the potential dangers when using the internet in and out of school. Children are taught how to minimise the risk and adhere to the safety procedures that need to be followed.