Computing

Computing at St John’s – the Digital way forward!

 

 

At St John’s we recognise that Information and Communication Technology and Computer Science prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. We aim to achieve this through a varied and exciting computing curriculum which works along-side other curriculum areas throughout the school, supporting and enhancing children’s learning, as well as standing alone as a vital skill based subject all children can access and participate in.

 

Therefore at St John’s we believe it is essential that all children have the opportunity to access a variety of different computing tools such as computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras to name a few. In doing so children will develop and enhance key computing skills to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. Additionally the children will learn programming and coding skills where they can build their own algorithms to control virtual sprites and real world Bee Bots, and develop debugging techniques to ensure programs run smoothly. The children will also learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of sources on the internet and do so with developing knowledge and understanding on how to do this safely. Indeed, E-safety issues, and educating children to use digital technology responsibly, are integral to the children’s development in computing.

 

The children and teachers at St John’s use the Rising Stars Scheme of work which links and compliments the new curriculum which is now in place throughout the school. This scheme can be adapted by class teachers to ensure a fluid, cross-curricula approach and supports the children’s learning. Our vision at St John’s is for all teachers and learners in our school is to become confident users of Computing and ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enable them to use appropriate computing resources effectively, as powerful tools for teaching & learning.