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Computing Curriculum

At Bradley Barton we use the Purple Mash progression map to teach Computing.  We have adapted this to meet the needs of our pupils at Bradley Barton. 


Our progression map breaks computing into three strands for each year group.  These are;

  • Computer science, where pupils learn to solve problems using computers
  • Information Technology, where pupils use software to help them learn
  • Digital Literacy, where pupils learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly to become active user.


The activities in each section are supported by the range of programmes on Purple Mash which engage pupils and teach them vital first steps.  These activities are used to further the children’s understanding of computational thinking and the key vocabulary and concepts which underpin the National Curriculum.  


There are further opportunities to embed and develop children’s skills and knowledge through the use of other software and hardware both in computing lessons but also when linked to the wider curriculum. 


We strongly believe that children should learn that technology can support and inspire in a range of ways and teachers therefore plan to use technology in all areas of learning.  Examples of this are;

  • Coding using Sphero, Beebots and Lego
  • Data logging to support science and maths understanding
  • Using story-telling apps such as PuppetPals, Toontastic and Chatterkids to inspire writing
  • Using Google Expeditions to have virtual tours in geography
  • Garargeband to make music,
  • And many, many more!


Each year group has a bank of Chromebooks and ipads to support them with their learning. 


We have Digital Leaders in KS2, who support their peers to access this curriculum during lesson times and at different points of the term, offering lunch club support.


If you wish to know more about what is covered in the National Curriculum for Computing, we recommend the following websites;







Online Safety

Online Safety is a vital part of our school curriculum and is covered regularly in lessons, assemblies and communication with parents and carers.  We are acutely aware of the challenges children face with cyber-bullying, trolling and also how technology can affect children’s mental health.  We therefore cover online safety both in computing and within PHSE sessions in order that children can ‘actively and safely use technology’ (School Curriculum so8)


At Bradley Barton, we have a comprehensive guide to online safety on our website and regularly provide updates and newsletters to parents to keep them informed of current concerns, as well as details of parent/carer workshops.


If you have any concerns regarding the safety of a child please contact our Safeguarding team or for further information about online safety please contact Andrew Wootton.  Alternatively, refer to the online safety page on our website for further advice and contacts.


Children' views of their learning


EYFS children were keen to talk about using the Beebots, which most enjoyed, and could talk about the types of technology that they used at home.


“it’s good fun”,


"because you can learn new things"


Children's Learning


A section of code produced by a Year 5 child who was designing a quiz on Scratch related to her Mayan topic.

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Progression map coming soon (currently being updated with added retrieval questions and key vocabulary) May 2020