Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love



At St Joseph's, we are lucky to have a well-equipped computer suite which children from Reception to Year 6 are able to use to enhance their learning in all areas of the curriculum. Our computing suite allows every pupil to have weekly, planned computing lessons, which follow National Curriculum objectives. The suite is also frequently used to supplement and strengthen children’s learning in other subjects.

Creating a picture - Year 2 

In Year 2, we have been exploring some of the templates and functions of 2Paint a Picture alongside learning about artists and art movements. This week the children were working on using the 'swirly' effect. 


3D Games -Year 5 

Year 5 have been learning how to design and create a 3D game on Purple Mash. They have been able to add special features by record their voices, giving their 3D games spoken instructions. Year 5 pupils have also played each others games and given constructive feedback to help improve the 3D games. 


Digital Leaders

Our Purple Mash Digital Leaders have been chosen for this academic year. Miss Hill is very excited to work alongside these students and help them to support other students and take a deeper dive into our computing curriculum.  


                                  Year 1                                                                   Year 2                                                                        Year 3




                                         Year 4                                                                               Year 5                                                                       Year 6 



Pupils at St Joseph's use the award-winning website Purple Mash as part of their computing lessons. This website is packed with creative tools, educational games and themed resources. Purple Mash furthermore provides our children with the skills to get creative, designing their own cards, talking books and animations. 

In Computing lessons in Key Stage 1 children are introduced to the concept of algorithms.  They explore giving and carrying out instructions using directive language, progressing to writing their own instructions and learning to use simple input and output sequences.  They also learn to problem solve by 'debugging' the sequences they create.    They have the opportunity to use microphones, cameras and video cameras to record their own. 

In Key Stage 2, children build upon their knowledge and understanding of algorithms to explore simple coding programmes on our learning platform Purple Mash, as well as using other software such as Scratch.  This provides children with the opportunity to analyse and solve problems as they learn to write their own code and overcome problems by 'debugging' their programmes. 

Computing at St Joseph's also provides great links to other areas of the curriculum such as  Science, Maths and PE.  Here children have the opportunity to use equipment such as data loggers and pulse rate monitors to record real life information from their surroundings, for example, investigating noise or light levels around the school, or how their pulse rate changes during exercise. 

Computing Curriculum

Click  HERE  to see the National Curriculum programmes of study for Computing in KS1 and 2.

Click  HERE to see a copy of the Purple Mash Curriculum overview that we follow at St Joseph's Catholic School.

 Software to support
We have access to several educational sites that are used in school to support your children's learning, but which can also be accessed from home. There are lots of fun and challenging activities to keep your child busy and improve their computing, maths and reading skills. The children have been given a login for each website (some do not need one.) Not all children will have a log in for Reading Eggs.

If you have problems logging in, please see your child's teacher.

Please encourage your child to use these sites at home - it will really help them. Thank you for your continued support with your children's learning.


                         Purple Mash                                                 Sumdog                                          Reading Eggs                             Timestables Rockstars                                   Scratch


                We have a whole school approach that incorporates the principals of 'Online Safety' across all elements of school life.

Click HERE to see our online safety policy.



E-safety is an important part of our curriculum as it provides the ability to support and educate children in their use of technology as well as having appropriate tools in place to support when appropriate.

Explore the information below to support you in keeping safe whilst using the internet in a positive and responsible way.


SSAFE- Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information to people. This means your full name, home address, home or mobile number, your school address and many more.


M = MEETING- Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. How do you know that they are who they say they are? You should never meet up with someone you have met online.


A=ACCEPTING- Accepting emails or opening messages from people you don't know can be dangerous. If you do receive any such message, tell a trusted adult.


R=RELIABLE- Information you find on the internet may not be true. Someone may not be telling the truth about who they are.


T= TELL - Tell your parents/carers or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried online.


Click HERE to download this BE SMART ONLINE document.



Safer Internet Day is the UK’s biggest celebration of online safety. Each year it covers an online issue or theme that focuses on the things young people are seeing and experiencing online.

Each year, our children participate in a range of exciting activities to promote the use of technology in a safe and meaningful way.

This year's theme is based around, "Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online."