A carefully planned programme of Computing is taught throughout St Andrew’s, which promotes computational thinking and creativity. There are three main strands of the Computing curriculum: information technology, digital literacy and computer science (including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation).
The computing curriculum has computer science at its core, which links closely with mathematics, science and design and technology. Teaching the children about how to access online content safely, has a major role, together with reasoning.
Computing is planned and delivered through the Purple Mash learning platform, ensuring that learning experiences at each stage are consistent, progressive and engaging. Using this platform, children are able to access a range of experiences within a safe environment. This encourages the children to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. This includes valuable learning experiences, aimed at developing reasoning skills by analysing problems in computational terms, and having repeated practical experiences of problem-solving. As children grow in confidence they are able to access online content safely and explore packages such as Microsoft Office, in preparation for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our pupils learn about computing in a range of ways, including; teacher-led activities, video clips, scaffolded activities, independent learning activities and cross-curricular learning experiences.