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“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’’ National Curriculum
At Meadowside Academy, we understand the immense value that technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school. Our vision is to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing whilst also providing enhanced collaborative learning opportunities, engagement in rich content and supporting pupil’s conceptual understanding of new ideas. The computing curriculum has been split into three strands:
- Computer Science - The knowledge of computers and computation including system architecture, algorithms and programming.
- Information Technology - How computers are used in different sectors and the methods used to create digital artefacts such as presentations, spreadsheets and videos.
- Digital Literacy - The skills and knowledge required to be an effective, safe and discerning user of a range of computer systems’. Keeping safe online progression document in place to look at how knowledge is built on over time to ensure children are fully equipped to keep themselves safe in the online world.
- Technology is ever evolving and we aim to develop pupils who can use and express themselves, develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
- Equip children to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- For Children to know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others ( PREVENT Duty, KCSIE)
- Children become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
- Children are able to evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. They can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- To ensure children are digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world and are equipped with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
- Develop an understanding of the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
- Children understand and follow the SMART E-Safety rules, the E-Safety messages and can keep them safe online. They know who to contact if they have concerns.
- Our Reception curriculum is based on our Big Ideas. Teachers use the Big Ideas as inspiration, as well as following the children’s own interests. Children use and have access to a range of technology in the classroom including the smart board, ipads, cameras and bee-bots. Children develop keyboard skills and touchpad skills and learn how to use a mouse. Children are introduced to keeping safe online through videos, stories and class discussions.
Our Reception curriculum is based on our Big Ideas. Teachers use the Big Ideas as inspiration, as well as following the children’s own interests. Children use and have access to a range of technology in the classroom including the smart board, ipads, cameras and bee-bots. Children develop keyboard skills and touchpad skills and learn how to use a mouse. Children are introduced to keeping safe online through videos, stories and class discussions.
Please click here to access our long term plan curriculum plans linked to our big ideas
Please see the Computing subject guide below, which shows the long term plan and progression of knowledge and skills.
At Meadowside we follow Purple Mash as our computing scheme of work. Below you will find the overview of the scheme and long term plan. You can also see a progression of skills document for the subject showing how the three key stands of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy are built on from Year 1 to Year 6.
Purple Mash Overview and Long Term Plan
Progression of Skills Document- Year 1 -Year 6