Computing is taught as a subject in its own right and also supports children’s learning in other subjects, including English and mathematics and many other curriculum areas. Computing lessons are taught in a computer suite, although each class also has its own bank of laptops. Children learn to use a wide range of ICT including:
Our Vision for Computing at St Joseph's is:
- that it is an integral part of school life; it is used across the curriculum, with children using it as naturally as any other classroom resource
- to continue professional development for staff as we believe this is paramount to success and the positive promotion of ICT in school - especially in regards to the use of new technologies
- the belief that computing at Hermitage will allow the children to become confident users of new technology, equipping them for their future working lives
- to cater for all our children, taking into consideration all learning styles, as well as SEN and Gifted and Talented children
- to strengthen links with our parents and the wider community, through the regular updating of our school website and the PTFA Facebook group page
"Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionise the way we learn." - Steve Jobs
The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
The Computing Curriculum develops both skills and knowledge. Children are taught computer science, which includes the craft of coding from KS1 onwards – from Beebots at KS1 to Scratch at KS2. Children learn about programming, data, algorithms and networks, enabling them to develop an understanding of the principles of computer science, consequently developing computational thinking. There is also a focus on problem solving.
The new curriculum puts an emphasis on three areas of learning:
Computer science - how computers work and how to write algorithms and solve problems to eventually create a computer program.
Information technology - how data is represented and managed on computers.
Digital literacy - how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.
The aim of the curriculum is to build an understanding of how computers work and how they can be used in pupils’ lives - both in their future employment and in enabling them to be good 21st Century global citizens.
Children learn to use a wide range of ICT including:
- Word Processing to write stories, poems or letters
- Databases to record information, e.g. mini-beasts
- Spreadsheets to create tables, charts and graphs
- Desktop Publishing to design posters, leaflets or cards
- Multimedia Presentation to present text, pictures and sound and ideas over the internet
- Drawing Programs to create pictures and designs
- Internet Safety
- Digital Video/Cameras to record what they have done in class or on a visit
- Controllable Robots to give instructions and make something happen.
At St Joseph’s, children are taught computing in a computer suite. Pupils also have the opportunity to use ICT within the class across a range of subjects where they have access to PCs, laptops and tablets.
Pupils are also taught about how to keep themselves safe on line.