Computing

 

Intent

At St James’s C.E. Primary School, we believe that technology plays a significant role in society today and needs to prepare the children for a 21st century world and workforce.  Children are taught the skills and the correct morals, values and ethics to participate effectively and safely in a digital world that can only be achieved through a broad and diverse curriculum.  At the core of our Computing Curriculum, children are introduced to a wide range of technology including PCs, iPads and interactive whiteboards allowing them to continually practise, apply and improve the skills that they learn.  This ensures that children become digitally literate and allows them to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology.

 

Implementation

Our computing curriculum enables children to become effective users of technology who can:

 

Use Computational Thinking to:

  • Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.

  • Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experiences of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.

 

Use Computers and Hardware to:

  • Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.

 

Use Digital Literacy skills to:

  • Evaluate and apply information technology analytically and solve problems.

  • Be aware of E-safety:

 

We take internet safety extremely seriously and more information can be found in the school’s E-Safety Policy which provides guidance for teachers, pupils and families about how to use the internet safely and responsibly.  Click here to visit our policies website page. Children participate in e-safety lessons throughout each school year (as well as take part in assemblies, out of school activities and Pupil Voice sessions) so that they know how to keep themselves safe online and report any concerns that they may have when using technology.  Useful links can be found within our policy so please do take a look. We also have a pupil esafety page and a parent esafety page on our website.

 

Impact

Our computing curriculum ensures that pupils will be digitally literate and be confident in joining digital platforms.  They will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to use technology for their own benefit, most importantly, safely and responsibly.  As children become more confident in their abilities in computing, their independence will increase and we hope that they will be able to apply their skills to problem solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation.