At Westvale Primary, we are making sure that the computing links are being taught through the use of Purple Mash and also linking with Knowsley CLCs. We have also planned for ‘Computing Weeks’ which link with Purple Mash and Knowlsey CLC to deliver gaming and computer science sessions. Knowsley City Learning Centre supports our curriculum throughout the year as well as supporting with our technical support. We understand how important it is for our children to learn about Online Safety and we cover this through Knowsley’s Online Life Programme.
Computing is an extremely important part of our curriculum. We believe that competence in computing is vital for our pupil’s future lives.
Computing has a great deal to offer the pupils, both in helping the children to enter into and enjoy the curriculum, but also in allowing them to have a feeling of real achievement in mastering a program or electronic device.
As the pupils mature into adults they will also find that computing competence will play an important part in helping them acquire employment, in an ever more technologically demanding workplace.
All of our classrooms have access to interactive whiteboards with full broadband access to the internet. These facilities are extremely powerful teaching aids and allow us to run high quality programs for whole class teaching of computing and also to support all other subjects across the curriculum when appropriate. We have very good facilities including a computer suite including PCs, Laptops, a mobile set of ipads and groups of iPads in each class. In addition, we provide free access at home to important ICT programs such as Timestable Rockstars’ and ‘Purple Mash’ These are also accessible for interventions throughout the school day.
We also use Purple Mash to enhance learning of our staff, parents and children.
Purple Mash is an award-winning website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way. Your child will have a log in code, if you are unsure see your class teacher.