Computing Intent Statement
At Therfield First School we recognise that computing and technology is an integral part of everyday life. A subject that not only stands alone but is woven throughout the curriculum.
We aim to give pupils the life skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology, in a socially-responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We encourage our children to develop the skills and confidence that they need to become digitally literate. We recognise that pupils need to learn to stay safe online and we develop this awareness regularly. We aim to prepare our pupils for a future in an environment which is increasingly transformed by technology.
Statutory requirements for the teaching and learning of Computing are set out in the National Curriculum Computing Document and within the Knowledge and Understanding of the World (KUW) section of the Early Years Foundation Stage Document.
Key Areas within the Computing Curriculum:
How Computing is Taught at Therfield First School
Computing and technology is an embedded part of all curriculum subjects for adults and pupils, alongside all pupils having a weekly discrete Computing lesson. The school is very well resourced with Chromebooks, iPads and other devices e.g. Beebots and data loggers and pupils have access to their own Chromebook in class when needed (Reception – Year 4).
At Therfield First School we teach the core Computing curriculum through Purple Mash, which is a cloud-based platform for primary-aged pupils. It contains a wide range of age-appropriate, creative software tools for writing, drawing, painting, coding, animating, blogging and more. Purple Mash is regularly used to support learning in other curriculum subjects, i.e. newspaper reports in English, graphs in Maths, digital media for Art etc. Teachers can assign activities for pupils to complete in class, for homework and for periods of remote learning. Google Classroom is also used to create classes, post assignments and communicate with pupils. Pupils are able to submit learning through Purple Mash and Google Classrooms, allowing teaches to undertake assessments and give direct feedback and next steps.
e-Safety is an embedded feature of the Computing curriculum and is discussed regularly within other relevant subjects/lessons too. Each class has age-appropriate e-Safety information on display and regular whole school e-Safety themed events and parent information sessions take place.
Homework tasks are set to consolidate in class learning.