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Computing

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin 

Subject Lead: Mr Rivers

Intent

At St Joseph’s, we have designed a broad and balanced curriculum .  As our pupils progress, we intend for them to have gained the key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). Objectives covered within each strand of computing, as per the National Curriculum, will provide children with a solid grounding for their future learning as they progress into secondary school and beyond.

Our computing curriculum aims to ensure that children:

  • become confident and fluent in the three main areas of the computing curriculum in order to provide them with the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century workplace and be prepared for potential future career opportunities.
  • develop curiosity and resilience by not giving up when a task becomes challenging and being problem solvers who can work to debug a program effectively.
  • Learn the importance of being respectful to others while using computers or being online.
  • are responsible for their online actions.
  • establish high levels of self-belief so that they are capable when faced with computing challenges.

Cultural Capital

The computing curriculum at St Joseph’s will offer children the opportunities to draw upon skills, behaviours and knowledge. To be able to do this, all pupils are:

  • Taught lessons that allow them to investigate and develop a depth of understanding across a wide variety of technology and software
  • Given an understanding of how technology, robotics and the internet are used in different settings such as a library, bank or supermarket.
  • Given opportunities to apply their computing knowledge and skills creatively to a variety of projects including advertisement, video and podcast production.
  • Able to participate in external workshops and competitions.
  • Through local visits and visitor experience, given opportunities to become increasingly aware of the opportunities available in the wider world through the study of computing.

Implementation

At St Joseph’s we have drawn from a range of resources to create our own computing scheme of learning. Children complete a variety of creative projects to develop their computing skills through the use of different technology and software. Units are planned to ensure progression across the year groups and teachers refer back to what children have learnt in the past to ensure that their knowledge becomes embedded in their long term memories and they are building on what they have done previously.

Children are shown how to use technology safely by following correct health and safety procedures. Evidence of work is stored electronically and collated within each class’ floor book at the end of each lesson. Teachers use formative assessment to check pupils understanding in order to inform teaching by encouraging self-assessment. Each lesson, children consider what they have learned, what they could improve on and what their next steps should be. Work is celebrated and shared through the implementation of displays within the classroom/around the school. Floorbooks can also be shared with parents during parent’s evenings.

If applicable, trips and visiting experts should be arranged by teachers in order to enhance the learning experience.