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Purple Mash Computing summary review

Date: 19.06.2022

 Overall star rating for Purple Mash: 4.2/5

Review subjects: Computing and cross-curricular use

 

Overview comments:
 • Super package, covering many areas of the curriculum.  Easy to plan and familiarise with; lots of tools to aid multisensory learning too.
 • Assessment could be improved as well as differentiation. The programme is current, fun and up to date and covers our curriculum and skills progression across school. 
 • It has helped to develop computing teaching in our school and has help with consistency, continuity and progression.
 • Good solid resource; lacks challenge 
 • I like it, children in schools where I’ve taught, love it.
 • Amazing resource, a big isaver 
 • Love it but as everything improvements can always be made
 • We are happy to renew our commitment to Purple Mash and have done for many years!
 • Purlple Mash is easy to use, but it does not cater to the needs of all pupils. SEN children are not included here. The content is very scattered and there does not seem to be any clear links with the curriculum as such so can be confusing.
 • An excellent resource that has really supported the development of our curriculum 
 • Easy, bright infant friendly graphics. Simple to use by staff and children alike. Lots of games to pick from. 
 • Price and ease of use a must 
 • On the whole it is a versatile and useful resource.  The spellings are particularly good for prep for SATs.
 • We are in a mixed ability school
 • Good - for what it is.
 • It's ok, the children enjoy using it and although it sometimes seems a bit 'clunky' to fit it in with planning (especially for SEND children) it broadly fits.
 • We have used this resource for a long time in school, particularly supports non-specialist computing   
 • As a package it’s Ok. It feel it’s expensive and staff either use it or don’t and therefore curriculum budgets could be better spent 

 

How well does it match the curriculum?
 •  5* We really like PM as it is thorough, well mapped out and easy to follow and links to the national curriculum. The power points are also useful as they break down the learning. Weakness is the teacher needs to know their way around on in order to demonstrate and can't just rely on the slides 
 •  5* Very easy to access, easy to set up, broad range of activities, can adapt our own activities, children can upload their own work.
 •  5* There are many links to our computing curriculum and it links very well from Year R - 6
 •  5* the video tutorials are perfect
 •  5* The planning which is really easy to follow especially if you lack confidence teaching computing. The resources are also really helpful and the children really enjoy using it. 
 •  5* The curriculum is matched and supported by the software that is easy for pupils to use. There is progression built into the software and objectives and skills are thoroughly covered if followed  rigorously.
 •  5* Purple mash has been embedded across the school for a number of years and is an excellent subject within the curriculum at Warren Mead
 •  5* Positives: coverage, accessibility, engagement from children, planning, the assessment material and the provided PowerPoint slides for each lesson.
 •  5* All of the resources are of a high quality and link well to the curriculum. This is especially true of the computing curriculum were the resources are high quality lesson plans and presentations 
 •  5* Age appropriate resources, across a range of subjects.  Some resources have specific links to foundation subjects through setting up taks about people.
 •  5* A brilliant resource that has curriculum maps and coverage
 •  4*  Very interactive and full of ideas, easy to navigate, matches what we need in all aspects. Nice graphics, children like it. 
 •  4* We have access to games/tasks for all curriculum areas but some have less than others. Although we can differentiate who plays which games, it would be nice to have some games for different abilities. 
 •  4* We found lots of good content for KS1 and 2, but the EYFS was more limited and difficult to differentiate between what would be suitable for Nursery or Reception 
 •  4* This matches the year groups curriculum for computing. It is progressive across the school and has a good and important focus on online safety. This is current and up to date. It also has opportunities for cross-curricular learning. 
 •  4* There is a variety of activities which are well differentiated and have good skills progression throughout each unit of work  
 •  4* The programmes are easy to use, very clear for learners even those of young ages, versatile to suit different contexts and subjects
 •  4* The activities are normally engaging and enjoyed by ks1 children
 •  4* Suitable for a range of topics across the school
 •  4* STRENGTHS: Variety of subject areas to choose from. Ease of use. Matches the National Curriculum. Engaging resources. Eye catching for students
 •  4* Strengths are the skills and knowledge embedded and the progression across year groups, clear assessment system. Weaknesses - none
 •  4* Most things I need to teach are covered
 •  4* Lots on offer that you can also adapt to make your own. Resources are available for all year groups. You don’t need to purchase additional software to make use of the activities as they all run from their browser. Some things are still best sourced elsewhere like scratch and some of the coding that is covered in the year six curriculum. Weekly newsletters keep you abreast of any changes and new content. It has activities that can be used across the curriculum covering most subjects so this is not just for ICT. Children can access from home should they need to be home schooled or you would like to set a task for homework. They offer themed events and competitions as well that link into times of the year or major celebrations.
 •  4* Lots of opportunity for coding with younger pupils - we use some of the resources for cross-curricular coverage but this can be time-consuming to do.
 •  4* Lots of ideas, resources are versatile, one aspect e.g a leaflet can be used for all sorts of subjects.
 •  4* Lots of examples. Lots of video support. Cross curriculum and child friendly. Email support. Weaknesses - less challenging as you progress through to key stage 2
 •  4* Lots of different activities to meet the curriculum in computing and science. It can be difficult to navigate and find the resources though. 
 •  4* Loads of resources but many of them are a bit samey.  The fact you can now upload a pdf and the children write on it makes it much more useable
 •  4* Links well, staff support videos help with CPD, less successful are the coding elements so we have had to purchase another scheme to help with this.
 •  4* It is easy to use and interesting to the children. It links in well to computing topics but also has many cross curricular links for other areas which also tie in with the curriculum 
 •  4* It has a good range of activities for each strand and it is useful that each unit starts with e-safety
 •  4* It contains relevant up to date sections that are easy to navigate and search through. It also contains lists of tasks linked to the Welsh Curriculum.
 •  4* It contains a range of activities aligned to the Welsh ICT and DCF curriculum that are easy to access
 •  4* I consider it suitable up to Y5. Needs more content & context for Y6 
 •  4* Great coverage and progression within and throughout year groups. It has detailed plans for teachers to follow and lots of examples of work to use as model examples.
 •  4* Good range of curriculum covered 
 •  4* Easy to use for staff to cover curriculum  content. Content is easy to search for.                                                                          
 •  4* Easy to use but content does not cater to all needs. Can be used to set homework and online tasks quite easily.
 •  4* Different curriculum areas covered. Accessible and engaging. Not separated into age related activities
 •  4* Covers all curriculum you can log on from any device and use for KS1 and KS2 it’s really interactive and the children love it when it’s used they can also log in from home and send their work to family and friends 
 •  4* Children love it and can access it at home
 •  4* Being able to log on in class and remotely. Children are set tasks and it’s great for homework. Coding is simple to understand and follow. The examples are current and relatable.  
 •  4* All the resources are there. Easy to use for non specialists. Ensures coverage and progression.Weakness: sometimes lack of challenge for more able 
 •  4* All the areas that we have to access in available and we are able to link it with all our current topics.
 •  3* Supports teachers in delivering the national curriculum expectations. Does not prepare children adequately for their future use of computers (office programs, internet browsing, coding)
 •  3* Strengths - Coding is a particular strength on Purple Mash as it comes with handy video codes to model how to complete the tasks. Perfect for teachers with no knowledge if coding! Weakness - Lack of challenge, quite simplistic childish activities so much better suited for KS1
 •  3* Simple steps for basic coding and easy to follow and review. Easy access and a range of levels available
 •  3* Plans are hard to follow and quite complex 
 •  3* Not good for all year groups.
 •  3* Lots of researched to support but sometimes there is too many options and the children change their designs and never actually complete the task set 
 •  3* It covers all subject areas but the content is not always sequential. It also does not cover all the learning skills that are in the curriculum.
 •  3* Inconsistent coverage
 •  3* I like the engaging resources to bring subjects alive. Perhaps a wider range of topics would improve the website further.
 •  3* Great for early intro to computing as I feel it gives the children opportunities to access other areas of the curriculum whilst using a computer 
 •  3* Good for curriculum with programing basics. The content helps to prepare pupils for the next stage. There could be more challenge and variation in the resources from Purple Mash.
 •  3* Easy to use but needs updating
 •  3* Children enjoy using it.  It helps where staff struggle with this area.  The children like the games!  It is also a very creative website.
 •  3* Children enjoy it, don’t feel like they are working! Work is appropriate for a range of abilities. Easily accessible, less work for staff. 
 •  3* All in one place but can be difficult to navigate. Helpful that out all can be used on an iPad and that children can access it at home especially during the lockdown.
 •  3* Activities are engaging and fun.  Insufficient practise opportunities for SEND pupils who may need to cover skills more frequently.
 •  2* The reading assessment, you do not know how long it will take or the progress 
 •  2* It provides yet another way of backing up learning. For example, there are supported writing tasks linked to history. Monster Multiplication is a firm favourite and is another way of consolidating times tables. Children are able to manage site easily. We used it for Hone Learning effectively. Weakness - I find some of the tasks a little random and not all topics are covered so limited. 

 

How does it support adaptation for different learners?
 •  5* Top end stretch activities could be improved, as we have a significant number of pupils above 120 age standardised and can find resources limiting.
 •  5* There isn’t anything that I have found that would improve this area. Perhaps for those with specific needs like visual impairments, this can be an issue because the toolbars are generally too small
 •  5* There is a wide range of activities already, but one thing that would be great is simpler wording on some of the videos for lower ability/EAL children
 •  5* The programme could use an algorithm to focus in on the ability of each individual child to enable automatic next steps.
 •  5* Same tasks with differing ability Less text More options such as touch screen Speech button Bilingual 
 •  5* Nothing in my opinion needs improvement as it already help address full range of pupils. The only thing that is a barrier is pupils being able to access it from home - but that is a hardware and connectivity issue not software based. 
 •  5* Nothing - it's easy to log into and access as it has mini-mash for the pupils in the Foundation Phase.
 •  5* less able children are able to access support more independently whilst the challenges are easily accessible without drawing particular attention to it
 •  5* If it could be presented in a different language as we have a high number of children who speak English as an additional language.
 •  5* Haven’t come across a situation where A child or group where missing out. It is easy to adapt to all pupils we teach.
 •  5* Easier transition from mini mash to purple mash. I feel that they’re two different apps and the jump from Rec to Y1 is tricky for some children
 •  5* Apps in the system are usually easy to use. A few of them can be more difficult for younger pupils that could be made simpler.
 •  4* We don't have a problem with differentiation with this app.  Pretty much all pupils are IT literate these days so no differentiation really required
 •  4* Tips for challenge on the screen? Our children self differentiate by outcome most of the time on this 
 •  4* The lesson plans do not always suggest support/challenge activities.  More guidance on this would be helpful.
 •  4* Tasks are not always differentiated but this is not always required in computing. Some children finish quickly and some extension tasks are provided. 
 •  4* Sometimes too tricky for the very low ability children. We have a number of foreign children who struggle to follow the programmes sometimes.
 •  4* Some pupils struggle to use the computer. Easier alternatives for these pupils. Some software is not commonly used and therefore skills need to be transferable.
 •  4* SEN support, activities for less able and more able. Extension tasks. Progression to next year groups 
 •  4* Perhaps it could be possible for there to be an embedded spelling/grammar tool to highlight errors made by pupils
 •  4* Perhaps a tool that allows an audio function to read the written work back to pupils. Also, in the online safety units, it would be good for more case study examples for pupils to comment on and say how/why the would deal with situations. This would help more vulnerable pupils. 
 •  4* Our main concern was the access to good quality Internet connections at home. In school we have no issues.
 •  4* Our classes have a very diverse range of abilities - not sure how this could be reflected in Purple Mash as children are put in one class
 •  4* At the moment I am happy with what I see and what we are doing so at the moment I do not have improvement suggestions.
 •  4* Again, it would be helpful if the resources contained more original content and there were extensions available
 •  4* Adaptable to the needs of the class
 •  4* able to dip in to other resources
 •  4* A wider range of resources to allow access for all ability ranges and needs. Could VI resources be considered.
 •  4* A greater range of differentiation for EYFS would be useful to us. Also, some more challenging activities for the top of KS2
 •  3* Video demos would be really useful, especially if children could play them back in their own time, also hints for Less able children and challenges to click on for Higher ability
 •  3* They could include support or challenge suggested activities alongside the normal suggested task. They are quite good at including a range of functions in each activity though which can be used to address the full range of our pupils. 
 •  3* The word banks and some aspects such as sentence starters do enable the lowers to be supported with some scaffolding.  Extension is usually by outcome, which doesn't always get the best results.
 •  3* The depth of questioning to support challenge for more able children, especially in key stage 2 and especially in reading with a focus on inference
 •  3* Tasks could be differentiated further.  More maths games to practise skills. Lengthier writing tasks. 
 •  3* Some support for mixed age planning would be useful.  It would also be useful if some tasks could have an extension task incorporated so that the higher ability children can be extended.  
 •  3* Sliding scale for differentiation - allowing quick and easy adaptation to suit pitch of individual Purple mash senior
 •  3* Simplified resources for SEN children and a reduction of cognitive load on resources e.g. programmes/sheets. 
 •  3* Pre-made history resources that better reflect the curriculum.  Most of the history topics lack information and just allow the children to write about what they already know
 •  3* More support to push the higher attaining pupils. Maybe including challenges and extensions. This could been done through success criteria
 •  3* More reasoning tasks in Maths. More games on number bonds to 5 first. More games on individual sounds and games split into phonic phases. 
 •  3* More options to overlearn the same activity.  Currently the only way to achieve this is simply to repeat the same activity whereas SEND children benefit from repeating a skill but with a slightly different activity.
 •  3* More extension and challenge activities needed. Also, in the written English activities there needs to be more modelled examples of particular grammatical features to challenge pupils to use these within their writing.
 •  3* More differentiation in tasks for computing. Maybe an SEN activity to match each lesson and then an additional higher level challenge for those who are really confident*
 •  3* It could be made easier to access for those who are SEND and struggle with the basics.  It could be easier to enter and easier to identify areas of interest for those children.
 •  3* If each task was differentiated three ways and colour coded so that children could navigate their way through the content
 •  3* If activities were separated into key stage / year groups so expectations were clear More support for children who struggle to access computing
 •  3* Have a wider choice of resources that are differentiated for Lower ability, middle ability and higher ability pupils. Also include resources for SEN pupils.
 •  3* Ensure their is less choice but the same design features for less able children and lower age ranges as children see what others have used and want the same even if they are less able and using a lower age range
 •  3* Differentiated activities to meet individual needs within each year group - tasks that are visual and can be accessed independently by learners who struggle to read
 •  3* Differentiated activities per lesson. This may already be a feature but not one that I have been directed to from subject leaders.
 •  3* Challenging tasks such as application, problems solving and decision making exercises. This would add value to the resource.
 •  3* An overview document for each area so you can easily find what you want the children to access and this would also help address the differentiation issues too. 
 •  3* Activities for SEN pupils. The units we have done so far have been good for the majority of pupils and the more able ca be extended. 
 •  2* Not accessible for all abilities.

 

How well does it engage and motivate pupils?
 •  5* They really like the interactive games and are competitive about who can get the highest score/complete the quickest. They also love being able to have work put on the display board to share
 •  5* They love the interactivity to the tasks. The attention to detail in the resources really supports pupils too. They want to complete the tasks due to the high end finish of the final products
 •  5* They love the games, coding, graphics  and really engages the pupils.  No other comments to make on how it could be improved.
 •  5* They love going onto Purple Mash. I would like to see a range of suggested activities to meet specific areas of the curriculum in a range of subject areas. 
 •  5* They love accessing it at home
 •  5* They don’t see it as learning - they engage really well and live the games. They want more colourful characters and those that speak to them. 
 •  5* They absolutely love logging in at home and using it there as part of their learning.  It is encouraging to see.
 •  5* The computing curriculum all in one suite of software. The cost continues to increase so a reduction would help a struggling budget.
 •  5* The children love it. The games are fun and have a clear outcome. They enjoy using Purple Mash in free time rather than just computing. 
 •  5* The children love computing lessons on purple mash and engage in them when used for homework also. Sometimes they choose things which are too difficult and this can impact on their learning and confidence
 •  5* The children enjoy the colourfulness of it and what the apps allow them to do.  They also like the creativeness of the apps - they can let their imaginations run wild yet, at the same time, can be reigned in to a specific task that needs to be completed.
 •  5* Pupils love the easy and interactive nature of the activities. As we use a lot on chrome books, we could do with sorting out our own way to print work. 
 •  5* Pupils enjoy using the software as they can easily save, submit and edit work.   They enjoy being set activities by the teacher.
 •  5* Pupils enjoy the activities in the planning and the software is easy to use. As with many things this is another curriculum that is quite expensive to keep paying yearly
 •  5* Perhaps more use of real images rather than clip art images, particularly when designing games and activities. 
 •  5* It engages while families&parents have a log on to see work&teacher responses  and can then ensure work is being completed 
 •  5* I think it is done very well and do not need improvements. The children are engaged when using purple mash and are excited to go to ICT.
 •  5* I really enjoy purple mash and the free choice the children have. The only thing would be that there was more of a transition from EYFS to Rec
 •  5* Excellent layout and range of activities. Certain topics could be slightly more engaging, such as internet safety.
 •  5* Children really enjoy completing tasks, homework is completed by the majority of the class, they like that they can use tablets to access PM
 •  5* Children love using Purple Mash at any chance they get. They are motivated to continue classwork at home using it too.
 •  5* children love their purple mash lessons
 •  5* Children love the different activities and ideas. They seem to find it very engaging. The hints work well when the children are stuck. 
 •  5* Children choose to use PM even when they have free choice. It is easy for them to save and retrieve their learning and they are eager to share their learning later with their parents at home
 •  5* Bright and colourful graphics engage the children and it is created in a simplistic way that they can operate independently which is important for confidence and self esteem. Children like to do the games as hey are linked to learning but fun and engaging. They can access at home which helps engagement with homework tasks and home learning. Children really enjoy working on Purple Mash and so I have no comment for improvement 
 •  5* Allows them to pick up the expectations and run with it. Engaging set up. Clear for teachers and therefore their confidence has a positive knock on effect on their classes.
 •  5* All the activities are very engaging and it is very user friendly and fun to use. Children enjoy taking ownership of their own profile*
 •  5* All pupils I have taught love it 
 •  5* Able to use it at home for home learning, so it is multi functional
 •  4* When using in a lesson the pupils are engaged and like to explore on their own. Particularly as it gives so much choice
 •  4* They love the interactivity of the platform. It can be difficult for them to navigate though so maybe simpler organisation 
 •  4* Pupils enjoy using the apps, especially the games. They find the challenges engaging and they want to do more of them.
 •  4* Pupils enjoy the programming projects and are actively engaged in most lessons from the feedback I’ve received from teachers
 •  4* kids love it plus home access
 •  4* It is user-friendly so they need little instruction when they need to access it. Sometimes it is difficult to locate submitted work and would be better if the interface was easier to access.
 •  4* It is fun and as I have said, they love the games.  It makes children realise that learning can be fun and does not have to be explicit.  They are learning experientially.
 •  4* It is easy for the pupils to navigate and find their work and is very structured but for others it can feel very limiting
 •  4* I like the videos and images that the children really respond to and enjoy engaging with. Perhaps some more handouts to support this or for home work would be useful,
 •  4* Great home / school platform Love the 2 dos for both classroom & homework More competitions to set up between classes or year groups or even other schools to link up 
 •  4* Enjoy using tablets. 
 •  4* Easy to use interface Eye catching to students A really good range of resources for a range of abilities
 •  4* Easy for the children to log in, I set up “2Dos” that they find easily and then each piece of work goes into a separate folder
 •  4* Children want to use and interact with this resource to research and develop understanding. It is embedded across the school at all levels. 
 •  4* Children really like using Purple Mash as it is easy to navigate and understand. It has clearly been designed with children in mind.
 •  4* Children love using technology and being assigned tasks. Good in lessons and to set home challenges
 •  4* Children ask to use it often
 •  4* Child friendly, they feel as if they are playing games. Like to see what others are doing. Would like to be able to show examples on a big screen.
 •  4* Can be a bit samey each week but the children like the tasks set in 'to dos' and they enjoy seeing them waiting for them. 
 •  4* Again I’m not sure I would like things done any differently.  The simple algorithms and block based programming work so well. 
 •  3* They like the game aspect, but some of the content is a little repetitive and could be varied to engage them more
 •  3* They like the activities and look forward to lessons. It would be nice to see a link with positive relationships\RSE when using the internet as a session 
 •  3* They like all the options to change designs colours effects etc, but sometimes too many choices means the children are constantly playing about with their designs and never finish the task set. 
 •  3* They get bored 
 •  3* The same with most things, all children need a varied diet of resources and ideas, so we wouldn't use one resource solely for delivery, it would always be mixed up with other aspects.
 •  3* More of a competitive feel to involve parents in their child's learning. This would help with motivation.
 •  3* Easy to follow instructions and can access both at school and at home. They can submit work online. Fell like they are actually coding

 

How well supported is it by any included formative assessments?
 •  5* You can mark in the lesson which reduces the staff workload but could be useful to have peer assessment.
 •  5* The skills and objectives are assessed
 •  5* Good, you can see what the children have achieved on activities and how many stars they have achieved. 
 •  4* We only started using the assessment tools recently so not really in a position to comment.
 •  4* We do use it for formative assessment and this is generally going well
 •  4* These have improved and now include I can statements.
 •  4* There is a full assessment framework included which is highly appreciated as I don't have to create something from scratch which includes working towards, expected and exceeding levels
 •  4* The work can be saved and used as evidence for assessment. Also different parts have questions that allow the work to be assessed.
 •  4* Fairly easy to use.  Could do with self assessment
 •  4* Can be a challenge for staff to understand how they can assess pupils work after the lesson
 •  3* Not effective for the measures required however it’s good for practice 
 •  3* It can be tricky to print out all of the code and time consuming to go into each child’s work to look at what they have done. If key parts could be exported that would be useful 
 •  3* It can be an effective assessment tool of teachers set the right tasks for children to complete. This is easily done for maths and science but more difficult for other subject areas. It is not useful, in my opinion, as a toll to support or assess reading as the texts are far too simplistic and the questions don't match well enough to the kinds of questions you would get on a SATs test.
 •  3* In the computing units of work, the assessment points are clear and allow staff to determine who has met or not met the objectives.
 •  3* I mark their work but have not really looked at how the assessment side of things works - whether I can see the whole class's work at the same time.  It would be good to have the children’s results for quizzes without having to go into each individual piece
 •  3* I have not found it very useful or effective so far and tend to use my own assessments.  Sometimes I use the final task in a unit for assessment purposes and this often works well.
 •  3* I have not come across any assessment tools for Computing specifically. However, there are quizzes for maths and English. Perhaps an assessment for them to complete for coding would be good, with some problem solving and questions around coding vocabulary. 
 •  3* Assessment isn't easy with the system. As a teacher you can see some of the children's work but it isn't the primary function of the system.
 •  2* We haven’t found a good way of accessing any formal assessment in the programme just a basic run down
 •  2* The work is not marked and does not provide any assessment.
 •  2* PM is task based, we use the results of the tasks to assess children but there is no functionality to assess pupils in the app
 •  2* From the training I have had, the formative assessment is very limited and could be improved. 
 •  2* Don’t feel that it’s effective at all.

 

How well does it support planning?
 •  5* We have used the units directly without modifying and refer to them in our long term plan. The weekly lessons are well explained and supported with short videos to explain. 
 •  5* We have found that this has a great impact on teacher planning time as a lot of what is needed is already there.
 •  5* There are different ways to navigate finding the resources you want to support planning. Being able to edit is really useful for meeting individual needs within a class
 •  5* The plans are really detailed and therefore, teachers have all the information along with screen shots to explain the lessons clearly. 
 •  5* The plans and resources are very useful. It is easy to pick up and access. It is also handy for cover staff to use. 
 •  5* The planning is all done for you it is easy to print of the lesson plan and all the work is online and interactive which moves on progressively through the lesson
 •  5* The planning comes with Purple Mash and can be adapted if needed. It gives confidence in a subject area where some staff haven’t got a clue and would otherwise miss it out of their completed work
 •  5* Strengths: The plans are well presented and very thorough.  Each unit of work contains an overview and individual lesson plans with associated PowerPoints to support teaching and learning.
 •  5* strengths- ICT lessons are planned to an exceptionally high standard. reading- would like more well planned sessions
 •  5* Plans easy to follow and clearly demonstrate how tasks are to be completed and guide and support teachers well. 
 •  5* Good coverage and well employed by our Class Teachers under the guidance of our Subject Lead, who is a big advocate of the application.
 •  5* Easy to use for staff who are not as confident at computing  / teaching. The planning and progression is all there for you - it makes it easier for the subject leader to track teaching and learning.
 •  5* Detailed lesson plans and curriculum maps and deep dive materials. The PowerPoint slides are great for staff less confident.
 •  5* All planning necessary is provided with the scheme, saving staff a lot of time. Lessons are also explained clearly
 •  5* All planning is done. Very comprehensive and supportive for the less confident or experienced teacher.
 •  5* All planned and resourced for you
 •  4* You still need to go through the lessons to check they cover what you need them to
 •  4* We use the search tool to find work that is linked to our planning before setting it for the kids as a to for task 
 •  4* Objectives are there and are easily able to be matched and there is clear progression in there too. There are a variety of activities to meet the objective. 
 •  4* Nice and interactive, easy to dip in and out. The use of the extensive planning means we can adapt easily 
 •  4* Matched to NC objectives Adapted to suit school planning Some lessons not engaging children 
 •  4* Lots of teacher resources, videos & planning 
 •  4* It is easy to find and follow with minimum adjustment. We use it particularly for ICT and covering the DCF.
 •  4* It helps us inform planning by supporting our topics with resources for lessons. I am not sure of any weaknesses.
 •  4* it helps support teacher knowledge but you really need to teach it to yourself prior to the lesson
 •  4* It fits well and is easy to copy into and reference within our mid term planning and short term planning 
 •  4* It covers our curriculum well and has good progression between year groups. There are no weaknesses regarding planning/ purple mash
 •  4* ICT computing planning is both straightforward and thorough - has been made even better through the PowerPoint guides and the catchup units of work.
 •  4* I really like it now there are slides for all lessons as you can download these and be ready to teach, however you still need to look into the tasks and demonstrate these
 •  4* Great resource and planning support across all year groups. Very supportive for an ECT or teacher new to the programme.
 •  4* Good scheme of work to follow which supports teachers and enables them to cover the minimum standards
 •  4* Good links to curriculum areas
 •  4* Everything required is there, and clearly formatted, easy to follow with minimal time required to prepare for the lesson (more just making oneself familiar with the content before the lesson).
 •  4* Easy to read documents included - year by year Love the crash course documents Love the examples and the video support 
 •  3* The strengths are that it is an 'add on'.  Teachers do not need to spend a great deal of time reviewing it to determine which areas will support the children's learning.  This is also a weakness in a way because it may not be targeted on the area that children have been covering.
 •  3* The resources are easy to use and link to the lessons and scheme of work. The resources are suited to learners.
 •  3* The plans are almost too detailed!  Sometimes the detail means you get a bit bogged down when you are then having to convert them to your school format.
 •  3* The planning can be confusing and difficult to follow.  The videos to show you what to do are useful.
 •  3* Straightforward enough for even the most technologically challenged! No need to print off any planning, can just make extra notes eg reminders, exceptions for poorer children.
 •  3* Sometimes there are  too many options to set a task from and a narrower ante would make it easier to plan and set tasks on 
 •  3* I only use it as a consolidation due to restricted access to laptops but can say it is easy to find resources and not much preparation needed. 
 •  3* I generally have to look at the different activities and choose one that I think fits with my learning outcome. They do not provide much in the way of planning 
 •  3* I cannot seem to find overall planning but can see a progression of skills through the activities offered
 •  3* Helps with the structure of the topic. Resources could be more original to encourage extension of the subject
 •  3* As the activities aren’t separated into age expectations it can be difficult to see which will be too simple / too complex
 •  3* Again if there was a clear planning overview for each section this would really help in planning but what it has is adequate 
 •  3* Able to look at resources / activities and pre test them To check suitability for children and curriculum outcome
 •  2* We do not use it to support our planning as it does not have the sequential learning needed to build the skills
 •  2* Is hard to use to match planning

 

 

 

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