St Joseph's Rotherhithe



At St Joseph’s, we aim to prepare our pupils for the future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills through a modern, ambitious and relevant Computing curriculum. Children will be encouraged to use computational thinking and creativity, which will enable them to become active, confident and responsible participants in an ever-changing digital world. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning is used to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.


At Saint Joseph’s, we follow the ‘Purple Mash’ scheme of work, which covers all aspects of the National Curriculum for Computing. After careful thought and consideration, this scheme was chosen as it has been created by experts and is based on the latest best practice and pedagogy.

Teachers also use:

  • Progression maps which show clear progression of skills meaning teachers can recap skills taught in previous years and build on the knowledge children have already acquired;
  • Knowledge organisers which outline knowledge (including key vocabulary) all children must master;
  • Purple Mash low stake quizzes which help with assessment for learning and encourage children to revisit learning thus remembering more;
  • Challenges and extension activities to stretch and challenge learners therefore deepening their understanding;

Additionally, the national curriculum for computing aims to ensure all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation (Computer science)
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems (Computer science)
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems (Information technology)
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital literacy)


Our computing curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression, if children are demonstrating that they are acquiring the relevant skills for their age group they are deemed to be making good or better than good progress. We also measure our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Analysis of progression through pre and post learning activities
  • Pupil discussions about their learning
  • Formative in the moment assessment

All children at Saint Joseph’s will have access to a Google Apps for Education Account, where they can access homework and remote learning. At the beginning of the year, all children signed a user agreement policy.

Online Safety Parent Workshops


Online Safety Useful Links

parenting in a digital worldonline.pdf

Curriculum Overview 

purple mash scheme of work overview.pdf

 Progression of Skills

progression of skill standard interactive 05 10 21.pdf

Year 1 Scheme of Work

purple mash scheme of work year 1 overview.pdf

 Year 1 Knowledge Organisers

year 1.pdf

 Year 2 Scheme of Work

purple mash scheme of work year 2 overview.pdf

 Year 2 Knowldge Organisers

year 2 knowledge organisers.pdf

 Year 3 Scheme of Work

purple mash scheme of work year 3 overview.pdf

 Year 3 Knowledge Organisers

year 3 knowldege organisers.pdf

 Year 4 Scheme of Work

purple mash scheme of work year 4 overview.pdf

 Year 4 Knowledge Organisers

year 4 knowldge organisers.pdf

 Year 5 Scheme of Work

purple mash scheme of work year 5 overview.pdf

Year 5 Knowledge Organisers

year 5 knowldge organisers.pdf

 Year 6 Scheme of Work

purple mash scheme of work year 6 overview.pdf

 Year 6 Knowledge Organisers

year 6 knowledge organisers.pdf