Computing at Foxhill
At Foxhill, we are DIGITAL CREATORS. We aim to prepare our children for a rapidly changing technological world. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in student’s lives. Therefore we want to model and educate pupils on how to use technology positively, creatively, responsibly and safely through our computing lessons. We aim for our students to become creators as well as consumers in the technological world, forming close bonds with Maths, English and other topics within our curriculum. Our knowledge rich curriculum is balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively and develop their skills. We greatly value the use of technology in a safe and respectful manner. Therefore we follow the a progressive curriculum of Internet Safety in our annual E-Safety week, and as a School are committed to Internet Safety, working towards the 360° safe mark.
We implement our vision for computing through two curriculum components, Purple Mash and Bradford LEA/South West Grid for Learning’s Online Safety curriculum. Through the use of Purple Mash, our curriculum encompasses Computer Science (Coding), Information Technology (Use of a range of technology) and Digital Literacy (research/online safety).
The Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work is a comprehensive resource aligned to the National Curriculum and EYFS Framework. Early Years activities are supplemented with physical technological toys and resources to bring controlling devices to life. Within the units are opportunities for all abilities with varying levels of support from extending learning through open ended application of skills or supporting children through structured activities. It exposes pupils to a wide variety of skills, experiences and scenarios, allowing skills to be learnt, mastered and applied.
Alongside Purple Mash, we follow the SWGfL progression for E-safety. This focuses on aspects of online safety such as online relationships, reputation, online bullying, managing & interpreting information online, well-being, safety & security and ownership.
After the implementation of our computing curriculum, children at Foxhill will be proficient in their use of technology and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively for the benefit of themselves and others, but more importantly – safely. The children will be creators as well as consumers of digital content. Our children will understand the consequences of using the internet with awareness of how to keep themselves safe online but still keep a buzz for the use of technology with the understanding of the huge positive impact it can make to people’s lives.