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How computing is taught at Church Lench C E First School

Computing Rationale


At Church Lench C E First School we understand the importance of teaching digital literacy, computer science and information technology skills to all children. We use the Purple Mash scheme of work to ensure we are covering all the aspects of the curriculum from the Year 1 through to Year 5.


Below are the topics covered in each year group. 


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Online Safety (Digital Literacy)

Grouping and Sorting (Information Technology)

Pictograms (Information Technology)

Lego Builders (Computer Science)

Maze Explorers (Computer Science)

Animated Stories (Information Technology)

Coding (Computer Science and Digital Literacy)

Spreadsheets (Information Technology)

Technology Outside of School (Digital Literacy)


Coding (Computer Science, Digital Literacy)

Online Safety (Digital Literacy)

Spreadsheets (Information Technology)

Questioning (Information Technology)

Effective Searching (Information Technology, Digital Literacy)

Creating Pictures (Information Technology)

Making Music (Information Technology)

Presenting Ideas (Information Technology)


Coding (Computer Science, Digital Literacy)

Online Safety (Digital Literacy)

Spreadsheets (Information Technology)

Typing (Digital Literacy, Information Technology)

Email (Information Technology)

Branching Databases (Information Technology)

Simulations (Information Technology)

Graphing (Information Technology)


Coding (Computer Science, Digital Literacy)

Online Safety (Digital Literacy)

Spreadsheets (Information Technology)

Writing for different audiences (Information Technology)

Logo (Computer Science)

Animation (Information Technology)

Effective searches (Computer Science, Information Technology)

Hardware Investigators (Computer Science)

Coding (Computer Science, Digital Literacy)

Online Safety (Digital Literacy)

Spreadsheets (Information Technology)

Databases (Information Technology)

Email (Information Technology)

Game Creator (Computer Science, Information Technology)

Modelling (Information Technology)

Concept Maps (Information Technology)




By using this scheme as the basis for our Computing Curriculum we ensure that we build on computing skills year on year and enable children to have a good grounding in computing ready for the digital world they live in.


We also make sure that every child:


  • 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 the core of our Computing Curriculum is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.


Every year group covers e-safety through both Purple Mash units as well as through PSHE, Collective Worship and when computers or ipads are used. Safer Internet Day is also acknowledged each year.


Computing is a discreet subject within our Curriculum although if appropriate we do try to link our Purple Mash computing units with our topic. We do teach computer skills throughout other subjects within our Curriculum e.g. using the internet for research in Science, using graphing software in maths or using PowerPoint to display our knowledge in History.


Every child has access to IPads, laptops and desktops on which they access Purple Mash as well as the internet for research and other software for presenting and displaying their work in a digital format.


The Early Years, in accordance with the EYFS Framework, regularly use Beebots (programmable robots), IPads and paint programs as well as using the interactive whiteboard in the classroom to access and play games. They cover E-Safety regularly throughout sessions using technology.