November 22, 2017

Computing

CO-ORDINATOR MRS R BIGGS

‘Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.

This is why at St Joseph’s through our new computing curriculum the children will study how computers and computer systems work; they will design and construct programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a variety of content. Primary teachers currently equip pupils with high-level skills in using computing, preparing them to apply these across the curriculum in secondary education. It’s unclear whether pupils leave primary school with much knowledge of how computers, software, the internet, the web and search engines work, or a critical understanding of the impact of these technologies on their lives and on society.

This will be St Joseph’s aim over the coming years to ensure all of our pupils are ready and prepared for computing at the secondary school level and we know that with the facilities and resources we have to offer, each child will achieve and learn what the new computing national curriculum expects of them. We have rewritten our scheme of work (Autumn Term) to reflect this change in emphasis. The main focus is pupils being able to programme computers to assist them in their learning.

 

Updated September 2016