By the time Lydd Primary School pupils leave Year 6, we would like them to to be computer literate and able to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We are intent that our curriculum prepares children to use technology effectively and hope that pupils are able to express themselves creatively, using a range of tools. Children should also appreciate the importance of computing in an increasingly digital world.
At Lydd Primary School we follow the Purple Mash scheme of work during discrete computing lessons and feel this scheme facilitates good progression across all key stages in the three strands of computing. Alongside discrete lessons, we are always working towards embedding these skills into subject areas across our curriculum. Computing skills acquired should, where possible, be integrated into other subjects, for example databases or spreadsheets into maths, research skills into topic or digital animation into Art.
Alongside our computer suite, we currently have extra laptops in all classrooms and we will soon be replacing our bank of iPads, which will then be available to use in class. Our aim is that children will have access and be able to practice their skills both at school and at home.
The school follows the SMART initiative on internet safety and each year group receives a unit related to staying safe using technology each year. At Lydd Primary School we join in with activities on Internet Safety Day, but also make it very clear to pupils the importance of staying safe throughout the year.
Our aim is for pupils to enjoy and value the computing curriculum and we expect them to be able to reflect on their use of technology, understanding both the pros and cons of the digital age.
Children should be able to publish, share and celebrate their work and pieces are saved within their own Purple Mash folders. Through observation and regular questioning we are always aware of children's grasp of skills and ensure any support is given where necessary.
Pupils leave Lydd Primary School with a love of technology, a good range of skills in line with the National curriculum, as well as an appreciation of the importance and impact of the technological age we live in.