“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.” - Steve Jobs
Subject Lead: Mrs O’Donovan
At St. Joseph’s we believe that computing plays an important role in the education of all children.. Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to computing, with a good understanding of the capabilities and flexibility of their resources. Computing will undoubtedly continue to play a major part in their life at home, in further education and places of work. We want our pupils to leave St Joseph’s with the knowledge, tools and expertise that they will need to navigate an ever-changing technological world.
How computing is taught:
Computing is taught explicitly each week, with pupils being taught how to use a range of devices. In computing, we follow the Teach Computing scheme of work, which follows the national curriculum guidance. Where it is appropriate, we link the computing curriculum learning to other areas of the curriculum. We also use Project Evolve to cover aspects of the online safeguarding curriculum.
How computing is assessed:
Pupils evidence their learning in lots of different ways in computing lessons. This can be through both unplugged tasks without technology and projects created using laptops or iPads. Teachers use both written and verbal feedback to assess where their pupil’s learning is and use this knowledge to plan the next steps in learning.
What parents and families can do:
Each half term your child will be bringing home a class newsletter, informing you of the computing learning happening in their class. Talk to them about it and even ask them to show you what they have learnt to do using technology at home.
Be active and present in their own use of technology at home, keep technology use in places such as the living room or kitchen, so that conversations and use of technology is not kept private. There are lots of tools available to help you keep your child safe when using technology: