August 12, 2020



The use of computing technology is an integral part of the national curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life and children’s future success. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At St Joseph’s, we provide children with the opportunity to explore a variety of different computer programmes through a structured and progressive approach. Pupils will learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, not to have their responsibility for this taken on by others. To embed learning in the pupils’ long-term memory we offer children a variety of memorable learning experiences through extra-curricular clubs and visitors into school to enable the children to gain first-hand experiences to support their learning and influence further learning.

In Key Stage 1, children are taught to safely and respectfully, keep all personal information private, through their own personal folders. This is also repeated in their PSHE lessons, taking guidance from the governments ‘Teaching Online Saftey’ policy. Children are encouraged to explore and discover various programmes, allowing them to produce information with words, pictures and sounds. Children are encouraged to think about everyday devices they see and use and taught to recognise that they respond to signals, commands and programmes. They are introduced to the idea that these programmes are executed following a precise and unambiguous set of instructions, pupils explore this idea using SCRATCH, a coding programme, where they can predict the behaviour of simple programmes. Children are introduced to this through modelling of programs which enables them to create computer generated representations of ideas. Children are given the opportunity to use a variety of multimedia to develop their own idea and experiment with the implementation of those ideas, pupils are encouraged and taught to review, modify and evaluate their work as it progresses, recognising how they could improve and exploring ways to fix mistakes as well as being able to identify what they have used to produce their work. In Key Stage 1, children study computing for a minimum of 1 hour per a week.

In Key Stage 2, children continuously repeat and overlearn key aspects of Key Stage 1 with the addition of monitoring, appreciating the use of sensors to monitor physical changes in the environment and the input process-output stages of a simple monitoring system. Pupils are given the opportunity to learn and explore programs into which data and formulae maybe entered and in which calculations may be performed, reinforcing and deepening knowledge they have learnt in Mathematics. Pupils are able enrich their understand of programing by beginning to debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including but not limited to controlling or simulating physical systems, as well as detecting and correcting errors in algorithms. Pupils are able to Master how computer networks operate including how the internet works and e-safety. Children are taught the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that helps them to navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app, in computing and PSHE lessons. In Key Stage 2, Children study computing for a minimum of 1 hour and 30 minutes per a week.

By the time children leave St Joseph’s, we intend that all pupils will be computer literate by being able to confidently using the computer to find out information and to communicate in a variety of ways, problem solve, use a range different software and live in a more online world safely and appropriately.

Updated September 2019