Subject Leader: Cheyenne Johnson
Our Curriculum Intent
Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing at St. John’s CE Primary School we prepare children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our goal to help children find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way. We want our children to know more, remember more and understand more about computing so that they leave St. John’s confident and computer literate. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
Our aims are to enable children to:
- Become creative, logical, critical thinkers, who reason systematically and work collaboratively. Risk taking and innovation will be enriched through computer science.
- Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programmes in order to solve such problems.
- Appreciate the relevance of digital literacy in our society and see it as an essential tool for learning, communication, finding information and for controlling and understanding their environment.
- Explore their attitudes towards computing and its value to them. For example, to learn about issues of security, confidentiality and accuracy. As children‛s confidence grows, they will be able to make informed and discerning choices about their use of information technology.
The potential that technology has to impact on the lives of everybody increases year on year. This is probably even more true for children, who are generally much more open to developing technologies than many adults. In many areas technology is transforming the way that schools teach and that children learn. At home, technology is changing the way children live and the activities in which they choose to partake; these trends are set to continue. We at St. John’s understand the importance of teaching our children how to stay safe when using computing technology in school or at home. E-Safety encompasses Internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones, iPads and personal publishing.
Our computing scholars are extremely proud of the roles they hold and enjoy being able to apply their passion for technology. As their role develops, they will become increasingly involved in the application of computing skills across the curriculum as well as in the extra-curricular activities their scholar status affords them.
Our aim is to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and provide safeguards and awareness to enable them to control their online experience to enhance, extend and enrich their learning.