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.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
What does it look like at SJS?
The school is fortunate in having plenty of resources and a lot of developments have already been achieved to ensure the implementation of the new Computing Curriculum.
Children learn how computers work through use of programmes like Scratch and by programming the small, simple yet programmable robots. Our aim is for the children to produce website pages, spreadsheets and computer games as well as multimedia presentations.The pupils are already producing and making their own stop animation films as well as short videos.
The children in school are going to be having age appropriate digital literacy and citizenship lessons linked to the Computing National Curriculum. The children will also learn how to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and what to do if they have any concerns.
The links below offer guidance on how to keep your child safe when using information and communication technology.