Curriculum Statement - Computing
At Buntingsdale, we understand that computers and other digital devices play a key part in our pupils’ lives, Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our carefully structured curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. Staff at Buntingsdale embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible and it’s used regularly to support and enhance learning in STEM subjects. We ensure that our curriculum gives every child the opportunity to become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We have chosen to implement the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work. Computing teaching at Buntingsdale delivers the requirements of the National Curriculum through half-termly units of work that are delivered in one week blocks (in addition to computing being embedded into several other areas of the curriculum where appropriate). Teachers plan by using the Purple Mash mixed-age scheme of work on a 2 year rolling cycle which embodies the knowledge, skills and vocabulary that are essential for each year group. This ensures consistency and progression throughout the school. At Buntingsdale, we recognise that computing is a specialist subject and not all teachers are computing specialists. The Purple Mash scheme of work is a vital tool because not only does it provide clear coverage of the computing curriculum and the resources and software required to implement the desired skills, but it also provides ongoing support and CPD for less confident teachers to deliver engaging and appropriately challenging computing lessons for all pupils. All teachers at Buntingsdale are Purple Mash trained.
We intend that that impact of the teaching and learning of computing at Buntingsdale ensures children make good progress and attain in-line with or better than national expectations. We strive to ensure that the children are given opportunities to achieve the greater depth standard whilst appropriately supporting those pupils working towards the expected standard. We also hope that the engaging and challenging computing opportunities our pupils experience will develop a life-long love of technology and provide them with a wealth of opportunities in the future.