Despite computing not being explicitly mentioned within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework, which focuses on the learning and development of children from birth to age five, there are many opportunities for young children to use technology to solve problems and produce creative outcomes.
Years 1 and 2
These classes will use a variety of programmes within Purple Mash to develop their coding skills, sort and present data as well as use technology to achieve specific goals including making music and animating stories. Lessons link to the KS1 National Curriculum and WVPS curriculum:
Understand what algorithms are.
Create and debug simple programs.
Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support
when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Years 3 - 6
Building on their KS1 work, KS2 children will continue to use Purple Mash to apply their skills and knowledge to a range of activities. The coding programmes will get progressively more complex and children will learn about databases and spread sheets. Additionally, classes will find out about computing networks and hardware. Using technology for a variety of given goals, and applying skills in programmes outside of Purple Mash. will allow children to challenge themselves and show creativity in this subject. Lessons and cross-curricular work link to the National curriculum and the WVPS curriculum:
Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals.
Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors.
Understand computer networks including the internet.
Use search technologies effectively.
Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and
create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals.
Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of
ways to report concerns about content and contact.
All classes learn how to keep safe online and use technology responsibily through eSafety lessons each half term.
For more information please contact the subject co-ordinator, Mrs Swanson, alternatively please look at your child's class page.
The Computing National Curriculum can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239033/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Computing.pdf