Computing and ICT statement
At The Pilgrim School we strongly believe that the use of ICT and the development of computing skills are crucial for our pupils’ education and as a part of their everyday life skills. In order to equip our children for the modern world, we will use technology to develop their critical thinking, collaborative skills, communication and creativity not just in our computing lessons, but throughout the curriculum. To ensure that our pupils receive the highest level of Computing and ICT education, we are teaching the latest National Curriculum guidelines.
The Primary National Curriculum for Computing is split into three strands: 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 helps children of all ages to understand how computers and networks work. It gives 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, using programming software such as Scratch or Kodu.
To deliver the Computing curriculum as well as to use ICT in cross-curricular activities, our school uses PCs, laptops, Chromebooks, Learnpads and iPads.
The Pilgrim School follows ‘Switch On Computing’ scheme throughout the school. The scheme is written for the latest Computing curriculum and offers creative units using the latest free software in a format that is designed for teachers of all levels of experience to pick up and use.
Pilgrim pupils enjoy creating digital content using online tools like Purple Mash and Google For Education (G-Suite). The cloud computing enables our pupils to engage in a variety of computing activities both at school and at home.
Some of our '#Living In A Digital World' projects
To find out about the Internet safety, visit our E-Safety page HERE.
To use Purple Mash at home, click on the link above. Your child should have the log in details. KS1 parents might want to ask the class teachers for the logins.
Purple Mash is packed with creative content related to primary Computing as well as the subjects across the curriculum. Your child can use it to create a digital content of their choice and save it on their account. At school, we are be able to print their work as well as publish it on our website for parents to view.
Feel free to discuss any details with a class teacher or our ICT coordinator Mr Sverha.