Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing at St Joseph’s we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
E-safety plays an integral role in keeping children safe and confident to use online technology respectfully and responsibly. Each time the children log into a computer, they are reminded of the SMART policy and are made aware of actions they must take if they feel unsafe. As a school, we take part in e-safety sessions at the beginning of each academic year and also participate in International Safer Internet Day.
It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse and present information in a variety of ways. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information, technology and the internet in an effective way.
At St Joseph’s, we use key assessment criteria set out by the national curriculum to inform planning and assessment of computing. This is set out in 3 subsections; E-safety, Computer Science and Digital Content. A detailed progression map enables year groups to be taught effectively and pitched correction to make good progress across school. Skills are taught in discreet lessons but also offer opportunities for cross-curricular links and weave the children’s computing skills into the current class topic.
In Early Years and Year 1, one of the ways we are teaching the pupils about the language and concepts associated with computer programming is by using Bee Bots, which are simple programmable robots. As the children move to Year 2 they transfer these skills to Scratch Junior software. In this programme, pupils will be able to make their own backgrounds and move sprites across using simple algorithms.
In KS2, we are developing a widespread use of computer programs that enables pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in computer programming. This also develops their vocabulary and skills within coding, programming and creating and debugging algorithms.
Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that when children leave St Joseph’s, they are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in Computing to different challenges going forward.