Computing

We will provide all of our children with a broad, relevant and enriched curriculum so that they have the character to make a positive contribution to our society and are knowledgeable, skilled and ready for the next phase of their education.

At Abbey Mead we enable children to become skillful Computer Scientists. We engage and inspire children to gain a love for learning in Computing as well as giving them the knowledge and skills they need to guide them through their entire education and to prepare them for a world that is shaped by technology. Our curriculum encompasses computer science, information technology and digital literacy so that our children become creators and not consumers of technology. At Abbey Mead we have chosen to follow the Purple Mash scheme of work. This allows progression across the school and ensures that children are covering the skills required by the National Curriculum. Each year, we build upon the skills and knowledge used previously so that children are provided with the foundation they need to further their computing education.

We recognise that children are being exposed to a wide range of technology and interactive media from a young age, so we model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely as we recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education. We want our pupils to understand that they always have a choice whilst using technology so as a school we model positive uses by utilising a range of technology – especially social media. Therefore, we see Online Safety as an essential and central focus to our curriculum. Online Safety is taught across the school from the Foundation stage through to Year 6 to ensure that all children know how to keep themselves safe online. By doing all of this we hope that all our children will become responsible members of a digital world.

Useful websites

These websites may be useful if you have any questions about your child’s safety online:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

http://ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

http://www.childnet.com/kia/parents/cd/textVersion/index.html

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s

You may find these websites useful for extra computing activities that can be completed at home:

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/abbey

https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub

https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning

Subject Leader/s

Miss S Resch - Computing Lead

Impact

Teachers regularly post amazing examples of Computing learning on our Abbey Mead Twitter feed. Have a look to see some Computing learning in action.

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