St John’s School believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school and beyond in the wider world.
We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils. We believe all pupils have the potential to become Software Engineers, Games designers, Computing Technicians, 3D Animators, Web developer and Security Analysts. Children are also taught about how to stay safe online in school and out in the wider world.
At St John’s we use Purple Mash to help teach our Computing Curriculum. This ensures all children have a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The curriculum ensures subject knowledge taught to the pupils becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms.
Our computing curriculum is enhanced by using skills taught in discreet computing lessons to enhance the wider curriculum will cross curricular links and enhancement day that take place throughout the year such as programming workshops.
We have a computing suite and a class set of iPads to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many different purposes across the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum that supports the pupils to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. This helps children to understand their place in a world that seems increasingly dominated by technology and it sows the seeds for their understanding of the implications of technology in their lives and society.
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.
In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Children at St John’s will be digitally literate and will be able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and to use computational and logical thinking to problem solve. They will also be able to technology safely and understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.