At St Joseph’s School, we understand that the skills developed through a high-quality computing curriculum are essential for children to become competent, responsible, confident and creative participants in an increasingly digital world.
Our computing curriculum is developed in line with the National Curriculum programme of study for computing (2014) and aims to ensure that all pupils are taught computing skills within these three strands:
Computer Science: Pupils are taught how computers and computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed. They can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of programming and debugging to solve such problems.
Information technology: Pupils learn to use computer systems purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
Digital Literacy: Pupils recognise common uses of information technology beyond school and learn to use computer technology effectively, safely and respectfully. This includes use of computer applications, the development of basic skills and responsible use of the internet.
It is our aim that the computing curriculum is relevant, challenging and enjoyable for every child. Pupils should be able to apply the skills that they learn by using technology throughout the curriculum and for home learning. Pupils should also develop problem solving, communication and collaboration skills which they can use within other lessons and outside of school. We are aware that not every child has the same access to technology outside of school and are committed to giving pupil access to a variety of devices and resources in school.