At Westwood we strongly believe in ensuring our children are fully prepared to compete in the global community and as part of this, we recognise and value the vital role that digital literacy plays.
Computing is a very popular subject as lessons are fun and engaging. Computing is taught using either ipads or laptops and during lessons children are encouraged to use their imagination to create games, blogs, videos and presentations. The computing curriculum is divided into three areas; Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology.
The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
As such, our children are taught to do the following:
Key stage 1
- understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
Key stage 2
- design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
Last year we invested in a learning platform called Purple Mash and we are delighted with how positively the children have responded to it and how much it has enhanced their learning.
Purple Mash is an award-winning, cross-curricular website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way. The children can log on and access a range of games and activities linked to the National Curriculum.
This year our Computing will be taught using these programs as well as using some of the apps we have used previously. Class homework may also be set on the Purple Mash website.
All our children are able to access Purple Mash from home and they really enjoy enhancing and honing their computing skills outside school.