Computing at Westwood Farm
Computing Lead: Miss Sam Harrison
Computing is an essential life skill and at Westwood Farm Primary Schools children know the increasing importance of Computing both in the classroom, and in their everyday life. We aspire for the children to be confident users of technology and to prepare them for entering the 21st Century workforce by ensuring that they can connect with the wider world in a safe and responsible manner.
The Computing curriculum follows the aims set out in the National Curriculum.
- Pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- Pupils are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
At Westwood Farm to use Purple Mash as an online programme to support our Computing teaching. This allows the child to progress through the units and build on skills throughout their schooling.
A copy of the long-term plans can be found here
We are committed to teaching our children to have the skills to stay safe and so they are taught how to be SMART online users:
At Westwood Farm Schools we want the children to have as much exposure to learning digital technologies as possible, whilst maintaining a safe environment both in the classroom and online.
- Safe - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your full name, email address phone number, home address, photos or school name - to people online.
- Meeting - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then, only when they can be present.
- Accepting - Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
- Reliable - Information you find on the internet may not be true, or someone online may be lying about who they are.
- Tell - Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Click on the link below to find out more about making the internet safe place for children: www.childnet.com
Please click HERE for our Purple Mash Scheme of Work Overview
Key Stage One pupils using our new Chromebooks