Preston Park Primary

Computing

“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.” Steve Jobs

Why computing matters to us at Preston Park

At Preston Park, we help our children to develop the skills and the digital literacy that will allow them to think creatively to understand and change the world.

Our intent is to provide our children with the opportunities to be inventive and creative, while developing problem-solving skills.

What’s in it for me?      

Computing allows children to be taught the principles of how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use. It equips children to use information technology to create a range of content, including programs and systems. Computing also ensures that pupils are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through technology – preparing them for life in this digital era. This links in with our school vision and core values. Through resilience and having a reflective mindset our children can become innovative, problem solvers, who are globally aware. They are also given opportunities to become a creative and critical thinker.

You will find the answers to questions such as:

  • How does a computer know what to do?
  • What is the hardest problem that a computer could ever be used to solve?
  • What would happen if all the computers in the world suddenly disappeared?

How we teach computing effectively

Our Computing Curriculum is taught from Nursery to Year 6 and skills are built upon year on year. This allows children to develop and deepen their understanding of the aspects that they are taught. Children are also able to use technology throughout the curriculum, as classrooms are all resourced with interactive whiteboards and visualisers. We also have shared resources such as laptops that can be used within lessons.

The overarching aspects that are covered by the computing curriculum are:

  • Computer Science: Understanding algorithms and programming
  • Information Technology: Using technology purposefully and effectively
  • Digital Literacy: Understanding the use of technology around us and how to use it to communicate safely

Future careers in computing   

  •  Mobile Application Developer: You could work for Google or Apple to create new and innovative apps for smartphones and tablets.
  1. Video game designer: You could work for Mojang (the company who makes Minecraft), Roblox Corporation or even Epic Games (the company who created Fortnite) to design new games for computers and consoles, or even improve the existing games!
  2. Web developer: Have you ever visited a website and thought, “I have so many ideas on how to make this better?” Then you could become a web developer. Many new businesses need websites and you could be the one that creates it for them!

Purple Mash   

At Preston Park, we use Purple Mash to support our curriculum. Purple Mash is a comprehensive suite of online learning tools and content. We use purple mash to deliver the computing curriculum and in addition it is used to support other areas of the curriculum.

Please see below if you need any support when using purple mash at home:

E-Safety

Due to the rise of smartphones and other portable devices, children are able to do many different things on the internet – sometimes even better than adults! However, having the knowledge and skills does not always prepare them for the risks that come with using the internet. At Preston Park, we regularly discuss these risks, and you can support us by continuing these conversations at home.

Please see below for a guide that aims to help you understand the risks that children face online, and gives you practical ideas for how to talk to them about it.