Curriculum Intent

As Clifton Computer Scientists, we will develop our knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understanding and applying the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation and communication
  • Analysing problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Evaluating and applying information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Being responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

As Clifton Computer Scientists, we will do this by:

  1. Communicating
  2. Collecting
  3. Coding
  4. Connecting

 

At Clifton Primary School computing is taught through Purple Mash and embedded across the whole school curriculum. We want our children to be masters of technology and not slaves to it. We understand that technology is an integral part of modern-day life and therefore we aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills required to thrive in a rapidly changing technological world.  We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content and can support the needs of all our pupils. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our children’s lives, therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely.

 

We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and believe our broad curriculum reflects this. By the time children leave our school they will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: Computer Science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), Information Technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and Digital Literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). Our knowledge rich curriculum is balanced with ample practical experiences and we aim for children to safely apply their understanding to any technology that they encounter either now or in their lives after Clifton Primary School.

Curriculum Implementation

To ensure that children are being exposed to high-quality lessons focusing on the skills and knowledge required to be successful ‘computational thinkers’, we have invested in Purple Mash. This is a clear and effective scheme of work that ensures all key areas of the computing curriculum are taught and revisited in a fun and engaging way. This allows our children to build and progress their learning and vocabulary year after year. Alongside the Purple Mash scheme our children are given freedom to use other computing tools and ‘apps’ such as working with ‘green screen’ technology and coding using ‘Scratch’. The Purple Mash scheme teaches children computing through 8 key themes. These are: Coding and Computational thinking, Spreadsheets, Internet and Email, Art and Design, Music, Databases and graphing, Writing and Presenting, Communication and networks. Alongside our discrete computing lessons we also enjoy the flexibility of using Computing to enhance our whole school curriculum and further engage the children in leading their own learning.  We believe that children should be using computers from an early age and in the Early Years the approach is through cross-curricular learning with an emphasis on hands on experiences!

 

We strive to keep children safe online and provide them with the knowledge and tools to do so. All Computing lessons begin with the children acknowledging the on-line safety rules which are adhered to across the school community along with a specific online safety focus lesson at the beginning of each term.  We will also empower parents, carers and the wider community with up to date information regarding keeping children safe online. Parents are spoken to on an annual basis with regards to E-Safety by ourselves and external agencies such as and the local police, council and NSPCC Schools service. We recognise the 

unique contribution that e-learning makes to the motivation and effectiveness of learners in our school and the role that the school has in preparing pupils for their future by improving their knowledge and understanding of how technology is an aid to learning. We believe that this transference of skills can aid in teaching pupils the strategies and knowledge necessary to enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves or others.  Please click HERE for further information, tips and support for E-Safety!

 

Curriculum Impact

At Clifton, computing plays a huge part in the whole curriculum we deliver to our children.  We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver which is engaging and current. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. We try to link skills taught to real-life situations to ensure that our pupils can see the importance and necessity of computing in our ever-growing, technological world where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style.  Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and variety.  We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods;

  • We encourage regular discussions between staff and children.
  • We share ‘class floor books’ which document the learning in every lesson using a variety of photographs, printed work and writing explanations.
  • We look for evidence of knowledge and skills digitally through work completed and saved by the children.
  • Teacher assessments are completed at the end of each unit and a selection of children from each class are chosen annually for a pupil voice meeting where we speak to them about e-safety to check their understanding from their learning that year.

 

 Click here to view our Purple Mash Learning Journey