Sherford Vale School believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school. We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils. In order to deliver our computing curriculum we use the Purple Mash scheme of work.
Online safety has a high profile at Sherford Vale School for all stakeholders. We ensure this profile is maintained and that pupil needs are met by the following:
As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Nursery to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential.
We are confident that the scheme of work more than adequately meets the national vision for Computing. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and integrates perfectly with the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool. Furthermore, it gives excellent supporting material for less confident teachers.
Children and parents also have access to the scheme of work at home to continue their learning past the school day.
Inclusion: At Sherford Vale School, we aim to enable all children to achieve to their full potential. This includes children of all abilities, social and cultural backgrounds, those with disabilities, EAL speakers and SEN statement and non-statemented. We place particular emphasis on the flexibility technology brings to allowing pupils to access learning opportunities, particularly pupils with SEN and disabilities. With this in mind, we will ensure additional access to technology is provided throughout the school day and in some cases beyond the school day.
We aim to provide our pupils with a broad, play-based experience of Computing in a range of contexts. We believe the following: Recording devices can support children to develop their communication skills. This is especially useful for children who have English as an additional language. Early Years learning environments should feature ICT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in roleplay. Pupils gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the interactive board/devices or control remotely operated toys. Outdoor exploration is an important aspect, supported by ICT toys such as metal detectors, controllable traffic lights and walkie-talkie sets.
Key Stage 1 outcomes:
Key Stage 2 outcomes:
Pupil attainment is assessed using the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool for Years 1 to 6. The tool enables staff to accurately identify attainment of pupils through the detailed exemplification it has for each key learning intention. Work from a range of classes and abilities is shared using the Noticeboard feature in Purple Mash. Additionally, exemplar pieces of work from individual pupils is shared with parents using Parent Portal (a feature in Purple Mash). Teachers keep accurate records of pupil attainment by entering data using the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool. Tracking of attainment by using the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool is used to inform future planning. Children are encouraged to self, peer and group assess work in a positive way using online collaborative tools such as 2Blog in Purple Mash. Formative assessment is undertaken each session/interaction in Computing and pupils are very much encouraged to be involved in that process. Through using the progression of skills documents and displays from 2Simple, both teachers and pupils can evaluate progress. Features such as preview and correct in Purple Mash are used to further support feedback and assessment. Summative assessment is undertaken in line with the assessment cycle (See Assessment Policy). Using electronic work samples from children’s portfolios on Purple Mash, teachers enter judgements about the samples into the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool.