In Computing at Melbourne Junior School, our intention is to help pupils become independent, creative, and respectful digital citizens who are able to solve problems with a broad and transferrable skillset. E:Safety is embedded within the curriculum to make the safety of pupils an integral part of everything we do in Computing, helping to support safeguarding in our school. We aim to make computing fun for pupils, inspiring them to develop skills beyond the classroom and building an awareness of all the opportunities the subject provides so that our children are prepared for the ever-growing technological world in which we live.
At Melbourne Junior School, our Computing curriculum has been designed to be progressive, building upon the skills and knowledge developed in Key Stage 1 and preparing pupils for further development in Key Stage 3. Our curriculum ensures pupils learn computing skills from the three recognised aspects of computing within each year of their primary education.
The three aspects are:
Our pupils will access the different aspects of computing through the use of the Purple Mash scheme and I-Learn2 Primary Computing resources, which apply the knowledge and skills from the National Curriculum, and the Project Evolve E:Safety materials. As such, pupils can learn computing skills at their own pace, developing independent learning skills with opportunities to continually review and revisit the skills covered. In addition, our children will explore a variety of physical programming devices, such as BeeBots, ProBots and Micro:Bits. Consequently, pupils will utilise a range of software and hardware, primarily laptops, building upon skills and concepts they established from the previous year and developing them further in the current and subsequent years.