When planning and teaching computing at St John's, we believe that it is essential we prepare our children for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology. It is a subject that not only stands alone but is woven into and is an integral part of all learning.
Computing is a significant part of everyone’s daily life and children should be at the forefront of new technology, with a thirst for learning about the different technologies available. The computing curriculum will provide a wealth of learning opportunities and transferable skills explicitly within the Computing lesson and across other curriculum subjects. Our curriculum design has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology as well as links to our values.
We aim to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Computing is taught as discrete computing lessons as well as being integrated into our wider curriculum. The computing curriculum is delivered through our own planned and resourced scheme of work – every lesson has been individually planned to ensure the development of progression, depth and skills across the school. These include:
Programming (including debugging and algorithms)
Digital art and music composition
Spreadsheets (gathering data and populating it into a sheet)
How to use the web to search effectively
Where appropriate, meaningful links are made across the wider curriculum. These computing skills will be used throughout the whole curriculum to ensure they are developed and embedded.
Children at St John's will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent developing key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation.