Through our computing curriculum, we will show children how to utilise their computing skills to become confident, creative and independent learners. The use of computing across the curriculum will enable our children to participate in an evolving world, where our work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by, and reliant upon technology. We will guide children in how to use technology safely, and respectfully, to enable them to play, explore, enjoy, analyse, and present information using their progressively developing computing skills.
How we achieve our aims:
There are 3 strands to our computing curriculum:
1.Digital Literacy (learning how to use technology safely and responsibly)
2. Computer Science (Learning how computers and computer systems work including coding to create their own mazes, quizes and games)
3. Information Technology (Applying computer systems to solve real-life problems)
At Wharton C of E Primary school, we teach all three strands by following the Purple Mash scheme of work. Purple Mash can also be accessed at home - click on the image below and then enter your child's login details.
A big part of our Computing curriculum is ensuring that children know how to stay safe, responsible and respectful online.
During the pandemic, children are often spending large amounts of time online, so it's important that these online safety messages are continued throughout their remote learning experience.
Below are some links to some websites that you might find useful to help teach your children about online safety, and some that you may find useful for yourself.
The Think U Know and Internet Matters websites have a wealth of guides, videos and resources to help children stay safe online, and they are helpfully categorised appropriately by age band. They also have advice and guides for parents too.
If your child/ren are gaming, or using their games consoles to access their remote learning, the Ofcom website has a variety of guides for how to set different parental controls, to limit what they are able to access.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at school.