At North Mead Primary Academy, children are taught the Computer National Curriculum. HLTAs are guided by the Purple Mash Scheme of work to ensure coverage and progression, but they do not stick rigidly to the format, and use assessment information to inform planning for learning. They are free to use a wide variety of appropriate learning resources. National Curriculum objectives are broken down by Purple Mash and taught across KS1 and KS2.
Each year group in KS1 and KS2 are taught three computing units across the year. They are taught during PPA; the children have half a term of computing and half a term of music per term. Each unit is part of the overall scheme of work and consists of what needs to be taught, the unit expectations and all the software and hardware that is required to teach the unit. The units show a clear progression across
The school has invested thousands of pounds into ICT equipment and we now have 60 iPads, 80 laptops as well as other ICT equipment such as Beebots. The laptops and iPads have all been equipped with the appropriate software and hardware to fulfil the requirement of the computing curriculum. If teachers would like addition apps/software then they can request this by talking to our ICT technician.
At North Mead Primary Academy we take e-safety very seriously and strive to make every child a safe internet user. We teach the children to be SMART online:
- S – Stay Safe: Don’t give out your personal information to people/places you don’t know.
- M – Don’t Meet Up: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Always check with an adult you trust.
- A – Accepting Files: Accepting emails, files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know can cause problems.
- R – Reliable? Check information before you believe it. Is the person or website telling the truth?
- T – Tell Someone: Tell an adult if someone or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable.
We teach e-safety as part of the computing curriculum, PSHCE curriculum and through internet safety and anti-bullying weeks each year. It also forms a significant part our computing assessments. Please read the other relevant policies for more information.
We assess all the computing using our computing assessment sheets twice a year.
Miss L Jennings