Subject Leader: Mrs C. Havard
At Westfield Primary School we aim to deliver a high-quality Computing curriculum in line with the National Curriculum 2014.
Our curriculum is designed to be progressive, building on skills and knowledge in each year group. Our curriculum nurtures the pupils’ inquisitive minds, encouraging them to ask questions and discover ‘what happens when..?’ It develops their independence in being able to become confident and competent communicators and creative designers and developers.
The Westfield Computing curriculum is split into three key areas of learning:
- Computer Science (coding and robotics)
- Digital Literacy, including staying safe online
- Information Technology
To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, Westfield Primary Schools uses Purple Mash alongside Google’s ‘Be Internet Legends’ online safety program of learning. In addition, we use a variety of physical robotic resources to develop children’s understanding of Computer Science such as Beebots and Probots.
Purple Mash categorises its content into eight blocks of learning which are revisited in each year group to implement the three areas of National Curriculum. These are:
- Coding and Computational Thinking
- Internet and Email
- Art and Design
- Databases and Graphing
- Writing and Presenting
- Communication and Networks
Each unit will revisit the learning from the block in the previous year group before moving on to ensure progression of skills. Our EYFS are currently taught alongside our Year 1 cohort. Each of these year groups has their own separate curriculum and Purple Mash supports ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World’ as part of the Technology strand, as well as Communication and Language and Expressive Art and Design. Purple Mash has its own area called ‘Mini Mash’ to support early development of Computing skills for EYFS.
Computing is given a high profile at Westfield Primary School and this is supported by engaging parents with home learning using the Purple Mash platform. Children are able to access their learning and share their progress with their parents with their individual pupil logins at home.
Our Computing curriculum at Westfield Primary School has been carefully crafted and constructed to ensure that we inspire, engage and motivate our children. We aim for all our children to have secured age-related skills and knowledge before they leave Westfield Primary School as well as a passion and enjoyment of computing. This equips them with the ability to take these skills on to the next stage in their education and into the wider world.
To ensure that each pupil is able to secure age-related expectations and above, our Computing curriculum enables our pupils to achieve with a progressive structure of scaffolding and support in lessons. Our most able pupils will progress to developing further questions and investigations of their own through a carefully chosen sequence of lessons and challenges.
Children’s acquisition and development of skills and knowledge in lessons is closely monitored using Westfield’s ‘Computing Progression’ document which allows teachers to assess prior learning and how the specific skills will develop next. In addition, children’s work is held within individual folders within the Purple Mash platform and is accessible to teachers and the Subject Leader here. Using these methods, the impact of Computing lessons can be monitored and additional support or further challenge implemented for individuals as a result.