Ireland Wood Primary School
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Curriculum  »  Computing

Aims of the Computing National Curriculum

The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
At Ireland Wood, we want every child to be able to access a rich Computing curriculum, in order to equip them well for a future in this ever-evolving world.

This year, we have adopted Purple Mash - a 2simple scheme of work, as a resource to support children on their computing journey. All children have their own log-ins for Purple Mash which they can also access at home. We will be continuing to use Scratch to develop our children's programming skills alongside this. Scratch is a free programming language and is available to use at https://scratch.mit.edu/. It's great fun and really easy to pick up. Plus, you can save your projects and email them to your friends! Our younger children will start learning how to code using Scratch Jr, a more accessible version of Scratch which is available as a free app on the Apple Store. We'll be posting links to the childrens' creations here.

Every December, we will be taking part in 'The Hour of Code!' This is a worldwide initiative where millions of children will have the chance to take part in an hour of coding to create an exciting game, story, app or anything else they can think of! You can find out more at https://code.org/learn. Stay tuned for photos and links to things that we have created! We also take part in 'Safer Internet Day' every February as part of our PSHE development.

We firmly believe that our children need to be educated in how to use technology safely, and who to talk to if something happens online that shouldn't. All of our children and staff are aware of our Acceptable Use Policies. You can view them on our website too. There are also lots of useful links to websites that offer advice to parents for keeping children safe in the digital world.
We are coders!

From the youngest in Reception to the oldest in Year 6 and not forgetting the adults! We equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world - one coding block at a time.

Acceptable Use Policies

Here are our Acceptable Use Policies for KS1, KS2 and staff.