St Matthew’s C of E Primary School believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work more than adequately meets the national vision for Computing. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and integrates perfectly with the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool. Furthermore, it gives excellent supporting material for less confident teachers.
At St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, 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 aims are 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 concepts which support the needs of all our pupils.
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world…core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.” National Curriculum 2014
Our Computing curriculum aims to develop the heart and mind of every child. Computing teaching at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School has deep links with Mathematics, Science and Design and Technology and our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that pupils become digitally literate and digitally resilient. 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.
The aims of our Computing curriculum are to develop pupils who:
· Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
· Know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
· Become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
· Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
· Can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
· Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
· Become digitally literate and are active participants in the digital world.
· Are equipped with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
· Understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
· Have a ‘can do’ attitude when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
· Utilise computational thinking beyond the Computing curriculum.
· Understand and follow the SMART E-Safety rules.
· Understand the E-Safety messages can keep them safe online.
· Know who to contact if they have concerns.
· Apply their learning in a range of contexts, e.g. at school and at home.
· Know where to locate the CEOP button and how to use it.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Computing is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School implementation of the computing curriculum is in line with 2014 Primary National Curriculum requirements for KS1 and KS2 and the Foundation Stage Curriculum in England. This provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each key stage.
Computing teaching at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School will deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum through half-termly units. Teachers plan using our Computing Progression Model 2019-20 which highlights the knowledge, skills and vocabulary for each year group and is progressive from year to year. Our Computing progression model is broken down into three strands that make up the computing curriculum. These are Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computer Science underlines the knowledge and skills relating to programming, coding, algorithms and computational thinking. Information Technology underlines the knowledge and skills relating to communication, multimedia and data representation and handling. Digital Literacy underlines the knowledge and skills relating to online safety and technology uses all of which are covered at St Matthews’ whether combined or discreetly. Our Computing Progression Model is supplemented by the Purple Mash scheme of work which we follow from Year 1-6, ensuring consistency and progression throughout the school.
We recognise that computing is a specialist subject and not all teachers are computing specialists. The Purple Mash scheme of work enables clear coverage of the computing curriculum whilst also providing support and CPD for less confident teachers to deliver lessons. All teachers at this school are Purple Mash trained.
All teachers use the Purple Mash scheme of work alongside the Computing Progression Model. Computing lessons are broken down into weekly units, usually with two units taught per half-term. Repetition of a unit does not mean pupils are repeating an activity, it simply means pupils are building on established skills whilst also embedding previous concepts. Units are practical and engaging and allow computing lessons to be hands-on. Units cover a broad range of computing components such as coding, spreadsheets, internet and email, databases, communication networks, touch typing, animation and online safety.
When teaching computing, teachers should also follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Teachers should ensure that ICT and computing capability is also achieved through core and foundation subjects and, where appropriate and necessary, ICT and computing should be incorporated into work for all subjects using our wide range of interactive ICT resources.
Through our Purple Mash subscription, our teachers can deliver thematic, cross-curricular lessons that also follow children’s interests and provide flexibility. Purple Mash has an online portal of age-appropriate software, games and activities as well as topic materials and materials to support children’s learning in other subject areas for all key stages. Through pupils computing lessons they will also use the Purple Mash software to ‘make music’ using the 2Sequence program, design and make using the 2Animate software and make links with maths through spreadsheets using 2Calculate.
Computing teaching at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School is practical and engaging and a variety of teaching approaches and activities are provided based on teacher judgement and pupil ability. We have a wide range of resources to support our computing teaching including iPads, laptops, bee-bots, webcams, floor roamers, video recorders and cameras. Teachers and pupils are also aware of the importance of health and safety and pupils are always supervised when using technology and accessing the internet.
Pupils at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School are fully encouraged to engage with ICT and technology outside of school. Each teacher and pupil have their own unique Purple Mash login and password. Computing work can be stored and saved using pupil log in details and homework or ‘2do’s’ can also be set for pupils to access and complete tasks at home that link with their current class learning. Each class has a display board that also displays a range of computing/ICT related work. Parents at St Matthew’s are also encouraged to support the implementation of ICT and computing where possible by encouraging the use of ICT and computing skills at home during home learning tasks.
Monitoring standards of teaching and learning within Computing is the primary responsibility of the Computing Leader. All teachers are expected to keep an online portfolio or track children’s work using Purple Mash. This portfolio must contain work samples from the Computing curriculum taught for the year group.
Monitoring will be achieved through:
· Learning scrutiny.
· Learning walks.
· Pupil voice.
· Teacher voice.
· Reflective teacher feedback.
· Learning environment monitoring.
At St Matthew’s Church of England Primary, we aim to enable all children to achieve to their full potential. This includes children of all abilities, social and cultural backgrounds, those with disabilities, EAL speakers and SEN including those with an Education Health and Care Plan. We place particular emphasis on the flexibility technology brings to allowing pupils to access learning opportunities, particularly pupils with SEN and disabilities. With this in mind, we will ensure additional access to technology is provided throughout the school day and in some cases beyond the school day. All children will have Quality First Teaching in Computing lesson. Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities in order for them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.
At St Matthew’s C of E Primary School, we provide a variety of opportunities for computing learning inside and outside the classroom. Computing and safeguarding go hand in hand and at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School we provide a huge focus on internet safety inside and outside of the classroom. Additional to all pupils studying an online safety unit through their computing lessons, every year we also take part in National Internet Safety Day in February. The Computing co-ordinator alongside class teachers will plan additional internet safety lessons and activities to take part in following a specific yearly theme. Internet Safety assemblies are also held as well as parent internet safety workshops. Finally, at St Matthew’s C of E Primary School we actively encourage parent partnership within the computing curriculum and outside of school. Parents are made aware of e-safety issues through the school website, school newsletters and Inspire workshops.
Safeguarding: Online safety
Online safety has a high profile at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School for all stakeholders. We ensure this profile is maintained and that pupil needs are met by the following:
· A relevant up-to-date online safety curriculum which is progressive from Early Years to the end of Year 6.
· Through our home/school links and communication channels, parents are kept up to date with relevant online safety matters, policies and agreements. They know who to contact at school if they have concerns.
· Data policies which stipulate how we keep confidential information secure.
· A curriculum that is threaded throughout other curriculums and embedded in the day-to-day lives of our pupils.
· Pupils, staff and parents have Acceptable Use Policies which are signed and copies freely available.
· Training for staff and governors which is relevant to their needs and ultimately positively impacts on the pupils.
· Our online safety policy (part of our safeguarding policy) clearly states how monitoring of online safety is undertaken and any incidents/infringements to it are dealt with.
· Scheduled pupil voice sessions and learning walks steer changes and inform training needs.
· Filtering and monitoring systems for all our online access.
· All resources are procured with the underlining considerations of value: the extent at which the resource impacts on learning and the material cost of this. Protocol details for procurement can be found in the school finance policy.
· The Computing Leader keeps up to date with the latest technology resources and will make informed decisions about possible procurement of them through their own research.
· A range of resources is available which successfully supports delivering the Computing curriculum and enables all learners to reach their full potential.
· Suggestions for getting the very best out of the resources are made available to teaching and support staff by the Computing Leader.
· Resources are suitably maintained and replenished when needed, which is overseen by the Computing Leader and IT Technician.
· An itemised list of all resources is shared with staff and kept up to date by the Computing Leader.
· The Computing Action Plan details foreseen future resource procurement which is shared with senior leaders before the budget setting period.
· Audits of school resources are conducted regularly by the Computing Leader, which informs bidding for budgets allocations.
Roles and Responsibilities
Due to technology extending beyond the National Curriculum for Computing, there are key roles and responsibilities specific members of staff have.
· Monitoring the implementation of the Computing Policy and its associated policies such as the Safeguarding and SEND Policies.
· Ratifying (in conjunction with the Governing Body) the Computing policy, Safeguarding policy and Computing Leader’s Action Plan.
· Securing technical support service contracts and infrastructure maintenance contracts.
· Approving CPD and training which is in line with the whole school’s strategic plan.
· Approving budget bids and setting them.
· Creating, in conjunction with the Computing Leader, a long-term vision for Computing which includes forecasted expenditure and resources.
· Monitoring the performance of the Computing Leader in respect to their specific job role description for Computing.
· Ensuring any government legislation is being met.
· Raising the profile of Computing for all stakeholders.
· Monitoring the standards of Computing and feeding back to staff in a timely fashion so they can act on areas for development.
· Ensuring assessment systems are in place for Computing.
· Maintaining overall consistency in standards of Computing across the school.
· Reporting on Computing at specific times of the year to the Governing Body/Head/Staff.
· Auditing the needs of the staff in terms of training/CPD.
· Posts to the school’s social media accounts with SLT.
· Actively supporting staff with their day-to-day practice.
· Maintains the school website content alongside the Head Teacher and SLT.
· Seeking out opportunities to inspire staff in developing their practice through modelling and sharing new ideas, approaches and initiatives.
· Attending training and keeping abreast with the latest educational technology initiatives.
· Using nationally recognised standards to benchmark Computing.
· Creating Action Plans for Computing and supporting a long-term vision which feeds into the whole school development plan.
· Creating bids for the annual budgets and monitoring budget spend.
· Keeping an up-to-date log of all resources available to staff.
· Procuring physical and online resources that demonstrate best value.
· Reviewing the Computing curriculum and developing it as needed.
· Overseeing the effectiveness of the technician.
· Working as needed with the SENCO/Head Teacher to ensure online safety provision is above adequate and all legislation is in place.
· Conducts routine scheduled maintenance/updates on systems.
· Supports the administration and set-up of online services including the school website.
· Routinely checks school filtering, monitoring and virus protection.
· Maintains network connectivity and stability.
· Sets up new hardware and installations.
· Supports the Computing Leader and Head Teacher with future infrastructure needs and associated projected costs.
· Fixes errors/issues with hardware and software set-up, prioritising as needed.
Health and Safety
St Matthew’s Church of England Primary takes all necessary measures to ensure both staff and pupils are aware of the importance of health and safety. Both staff and pupils are trained to handle electrical equipment correctly including how to power off and on. Pupils are reminded about the dangers of electricity and the danger signs to look out for. Adequate displays and warning signs are strategically placed around the school to reinforce health and safety.
Policy to be reviewed in Summer 2020