At Queen Emma we recognise the importance of Computing and understand the influence technology has in their current lives and will continue to have in the future. We aim to teach the children to be safe, confident and creative in their approach to computing. The National Curriculum states ‘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.’
As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. This scheme of work includes fun and engaging lessons, and also provides strong cross-curricular links.
The table below outlines the areas of the curriculum and when they will be taught.
By the end of the Foundation Stage, the curriculum states children should ‘recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.’ We give children opportunities to explore technology in fun and purposeful ways.
|Y1||Online safety and exploring Purple Mash. Sorting Pictograms. Lego builders.||Maze explorers. Technology outside school. Animated story book.||Coding. Spreadsheets.|
|Y2||Creating pictures. Making music.||Online safety. Effective searching. Coding.||Coding. Online safety. Effective searching.|
|Y3||Coding. Online safety. Touch typing.||Spreadsheets. Email.||Simulations. Graphing. Branching databases.|
|Y4||Effective search. Audiences.||Coding. Animation.||Internet safety. Spreadsheets. Logo.|
|Y5||Coding. Online safety. 3D modelling.||Spreadsheets. Databases.||Game creator. Concept maps.|
|Y6||Coding||Online safety. Spreadsheets.||Blogging. Text adventures. Networks. Quizzing.|
Examples of Learning
In Year 3 Macaw class had a go at filming their own videos using the ‘Clips’ app on the IPads. We used different filters and effects on some of our videos and filmed our own poems based on ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. We wrote our poems so that they were filled with memories from the past and interesting images using adjectives, verbs, adverbs and similes to make them as descriptive as we could. Hopefully they will give you an image in your head of some lovely times! We realised that we had to speak loudly and hold the IPad still to make a really good video, so there will be lots of our learning that we can use next time to improve them even more!
Leo used the IPad app Lightbot hour to work his way through the grid and light up the square! He showed his debugging skills throughout.
Year 6 have been recapping their knowledge of coding using Purple Mash. The children used a coding app ‘Free Code Gorilla’ to make a character (sprite) move, within a time scale and by scoring points. By the end of the unit the children will: plan and create a program using variables to achieve a desired effect. They will then move onto ‘Debugging.’
We have completed some coding in Purple Mash. Well done to those who found fun characters to use and commands to give each one.
Information for Parents
E-safety is is taken very seriously by all staff and children at Queen Emma. Please see our E-Safety Policy on our Policies page.