As a school, we have chosen to use the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work to teach our children this subject. We feel that it provides our children with the best support and teaching necessary within the Computing Curriculum. Alongside this, we will be teaching the children the key basics from how to log on to a PC/laptop to using programs such as Microsoft Office and Scratch Coding.
The Computing Scheme of Work is a comprehensive programme which enables us to teach a wide variety of topics and lessons both using IT and also unplugged. Each year group receives detailed planning with the tools needed for each lesson from Purple Mash. All of the lessons are tailor-made to suit the age of the children and build upon previous years’ teachings.
One of the main advantages of using Purple Mash as a whole school approach is that the all children will be aware of the different tools and programs used within this and will become more confident as they move through the school. Teachers have the opportunity to set tasks for their class using 2Dos which the children then complete and hand in for the teachers to comment on and grade.
In the Early Years, we use Mini Mash to teach Computing which encourages the children in Nursery and Reception to complete activities set by their teachers aligned towards meeting the Early Learning Goals. Mini Mash is part of Purple Mash but is aimed more towards the needs and abilities of the younger children.
Whilst EYFS do not have a specific Computing Curriculum, Mini Mash allows the children to explore different topics and areas of learning giving them a basic understanding of this subject for when they move throughout the school.
Purple Mash provides us with Parent Portal where parents can sign up to gain access to see the work that their child has been set and completed, along with the teacher comment. This is a fantastic resource and we would encourage as many parents as possible to sign up to this. All you need is your parent code which can be found on your child’s login card. If you do not have this, please ask your child’s class teacher to provide this for you.