Purpose of Study (DfE)
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Morgans we use Purple Mash as a scheme of learning
Purple Mash is an award-winning cross curricular website for primary school children, enabling them to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way. Hosted online and compatible with all tablets and computers, it delivers an exciting mash-up of curriculum focused activities, creative tools, programs and games. This cross curricular platform engages children with maths, spelling and grammar games as well as hundreds of themed writing projects, from coding to spreadsheets and game design to blogging (plus everything in between).
We teach with the Purple Mash scheme of work, step-by-step lesson plans and supporting assessment grids.
Purple Mash enables positive online behaviours, providing a safe way for children to learn to email, blog and express themselves online.
We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing. We aim to give our pupils the life-long skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish.
We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities through the teaching of Purple Mash. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
Our scheme of work Purple Mash is taught in a logical progression, systematically and explicitly enough for all pupils to acquire the intended knowledge and skills from EYFS to Year 6..