The Co-ordinator is Miss Cocks
At St Joseph’s we believe that Computing should be stand alone where children can learn transferable skills to use cross curricular. Computing is an essential part of everyday life therefore we need to equip our children with the rapid-changing world where technology has a leading role. Throughout educating our children, they should be at the forefront of new technology, developing a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding. We want our children to be confident in using technology in different ways to that they leave school computer literate. We do this by teaching the children computational thinking to enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world.
At St Joseph’s we follow a scheme of work Switched on Computing that enables all of our teachers to be confident in delivering computing lessons that teach children fundamental skills that they will continue to develop and revisit over their time at school.
Our EYFS team concentrate on the early journey of children becoming confident in the use of ICT equipment and using it in a safe manor as they understand what an important part it plays in the world around them.
Throughout our KS1 classes, the children will be made increasingly aware about using technology safely and respectfully. Children will begin to understand algorithms and being to program on digital devices and learn to debug simple programs, using their logical reasoning. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Throughout KS2 the children will continue to develop their debugging skills as they begin to design, and write programs with specific goals. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication. They will being to understand how searching online can provide a variety of results and will be taught how to recognise which websites are trustworthy and have reliable information. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly and be able to identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Children at St Joseph’s will be equipped, not only to effectively apply their skills and knowledge of many areas of computing – but can do so safely. Children will have accessed all elements of computing: IT, computer science, safety and digital literacy. We hope that going forward with all of the knowledge they have acquired our children have a great understanding of how to keep themselves safe online; are confident and independent when using technology and can use their skills to problem solve.
Technology will play a vital part in all of our children's lives in one ways or another. We aim to prepare them for life in this digital world by providing a high quality education which encourages them to use technology in a variety of different ways and develop computational thinking. Computing has very strong links with a variety of different subjects, including mathematics, science, art and design technology. It is also crucial in developing the children's ability to think logically and systematically.
Children will be taught about algorithms, data and other principles of computer science. They will have numerous practical experiences of writing and analysing computer programs for different purposes. Pupils will also be taught about a variety of other pieces of software which they will use to achieve different outcomes in their learning. They may use technology to produce written pieces, create presentations, edit sound and video, produce graphs and charts, produce animations and more.
To facilitate this teaching, each classroom is equipped with a large SmartBoard. Children have access to banks of laptops and desktop PCs; we aim to have one laptop between two children during lessons. The classes also have access to a small bank of iPads. All computers are equipped with the latest versions of Microsoft products and contain specific, child friendly software for delivering programming lessons.
At St Joseph's, we believe that the teaching children how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly is as important as the teaching of how to use software and programming.
Children will be given specific sessions on e-safety and sign up to e-safety contracts at the beginning of each year. They will be taught about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour when using ICT and be given a range of strategies for reporting concerns about content and behaviour that they may be subject to.