A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
Technology has revolutionised the way we live, study and work and truly underpins today’s modern lifestyle. With this in mind, we believe it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and abilities within this subject area, in order to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. It is our intention that the study of Computing will enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst they also develop digital literacy, computer science and the ability to create computer programs. In addition, it is vital that pupils also understand how to enjoy the benefits of modern technology safely in an increasingly digital society.
At Melbourne Primary School, we aim to provide children to an enriching, diverse and creative curriculum that balances all the aspects of computing. As such, we follow Purple Mash schemes of work, which covers all the requirements of the Computing national curriculum in a way that’s intended to develop pupils’ understanding of the concepts, practices and perspectives that underpin programming and other aspects of computer science. Furthermore, Purple Mash provides ample opportunity for creative and collaborative project work in which pupils can acquire the information technology skills they’ll need. Purple Mash also helps pupils to understand the implications of technology for individuals and society as they become digitally literate.
We take Internet Safety extremely seriously. Our curriculum therefore places equal emphasis on teaching ‘Online Safety’ in line with the expectations of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 (KCSIE 2021) and Guidance on Safeguarding and Remote Education During Coronavirus. We not only want our pupils to be competent, confident and creative users of technology but also safe and responsible digital citizens who can apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty.
Please find further information and advice for parents at the bottom of this page.
At Melbourne Primary School, we like to offer children opportunities to develop their love of computing by organising and running an after-school computing club. At computing club, children can further hone their technological and creativity skills, using Purple Mash and other computer programs, as well as being given the chance to foster a passion and love for technology.
What is Purple Mash?
Purple Mash is a comprehensive suite of online learning tools and content, designed to be used by children in both the classroom and at home.
Find out more here: https://2simple.com/purple-mash/purple-mash-parents/
Progression of skills
Below you will find documents that maps the knowledge and the skills that the children will learn across Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2. As well as this, there are documents showing the overview, key vocabulary and knowledge covered in each year group.
How can you get involved?
As a parent, you can find out about your child’s learning on Purple Mash and support them beyond the classroom by registering with Parent Portal.
Parent Portal allows you to easily see the learning your child has been doing on Purple Mash, including any comments on work from teachers, homework (2Dos), rewards and so much more. You will never miss out on being informed of your child’s learning as Parent Portal sends all registered users a weekly digest email.
You can start using Parent Portal today by following the 3 simple steps below:-
Step 1: Enter the URL on your child’s login card.
Step 2: Click ‘Register as a parent’.
Step 3: Enter the ‘Parent Code’ on your child’s login card and follow additional instructions.
To find out more about how to keep your child safe online follow this link: Melbourne Primary School - Online Safety