In line with the National Curriculum Purpose of Study for Computing the aim of St. Malachy's is that its pupils, “use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.” We want our children to be masters not consumers, of the ever-changing digital world in which they are growing up; to be able to make informed decisions about their usage of digital applications current and actual now, and in the future as and when new opportunities arise.
We use and follow the Purple Mash scheme of work from Year 1-6, ensuring consistency and progression throughout the school.
We recognise that computing is a specialist subject and not all teachers are computing specialists. The Purple Mash scheme of work enables clear coverage of the computing curriculum whilst also providing support and CPD for less confident teachers to deliver lessons.
St. Malachy's recognises the importance of its children being digitally literate, responsible and safe users of online technologies. Within our Computing Curriculum there are planned focuses on e-Safety at the beginning and end of each academic year, before Christmas and around Safer Internet Day each February. During the year children are routinely taught and reminded about good practice whenever appropriate across the curriculum.
From Reception onwards pupils are told to always share any online concerns with a trusted adult, this including adults at school. Children and their parents are appropriately supported when worries are raised. Such issues are then used as teaching points with relevant year groups and shared with a wider community of parents via Class Dojo, website, and Facebook page. As children progress through the Academy they are given more in-depth guidance as appropriate to their age and likely usage and experience of the digital world.