Computing

Computing at Halley House Primary School

There are three main strands of the Computing curriculum: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.

  • Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology.
  • Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
  • Computer science will introduce children of all ages to understanding how computers and networks work. It will also give all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple floor robots in Years 1 and 2, right up to creating on-screen computer games and programmes by Year 6.

We primarily teach our computing curriculum through Purple Mash units of work but will also sometimes use programming software which is freely available online, such as Scratch. We include regular teaching of e-safety during each unit of work as well as e-safety enrichment days and Safer Internet Day. This ensures that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable and who to talk to about it. The units are taught in an order that fits best with other areas of the curriculum to help the skills the children learn become more meaningful.

All children have a Purple Mash Login (with Parent access codes) provided by the school, which enables the children to either continue school work at home or have homework set on the platform. These are called 2Dos and you will find information about these lower down on this page. 

For more information on the curriculum units we teach here at Halley, please see below. Click on the image to zoom in:

You can help to support your children in the area of E-safety by creating an account with our parent CPD partner ‘National Online Safety’.

You can be awarded certificates for watching the very short video, designed specifically for parents of children in each Key Stage and answering a few simple questions.

To create an account and watch the videos, click on the link here to download the app https://info.nationalonlinesafety.com/mobile-app