We do have discreet timetable time for the development of computing skills but our approach is to integrate ICT into all lessons: the use of google chromes, tablets and other hardware such as cameras and recording devices is as much part of our learning tools as pencils and pens. Subject specific software, from one-off programmes to learning platforms, support teaching and learning across all years. The children develop their skills, starting in reception with mouse control, keyboard skills, saving and printing work. They draw pictures, write and use the internet to carry out research. They then progress to more complex skills such as data analysis and coding. Pupils will use technology safely and identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns through regular online safety lessons.
We use Purple Mash, a creative online space from 2Simple as a basis to plan high quality and engaging computing lessons. Purple Mash hosts an exciting mash-up of curriculum focused activities, creative tools, programs and games to support and inspire creative learning. From poems to newspapers, masks and 3D models, animations and textured paintings, Purple Mash supports our creative curriculum throughout the year. As Purple Mash is online, children can continue their learning anywhere and anytime.