“People say ‘Aren’t you worried what students may do in the digital world?’ My response, ‘I’m more worried if we don’t teach them how.” Scott Garofola
Subject Leads: Mr Beech (Infant School) & Mrs Risley (Junior School)
The skills of a great Computing student:
- The ability to collaborate, communicate and express yourself effectively by choosing the right media and applications from a range of information, communication technology.
- Confidence and creativity to tinker with technology and explore ideas.
- Curiosity to ask questions and the perseverance to want to know more.
- The ability to make connections and links between learning in maths, science and design technology.
- Resilience to be able to see the challenge of overcoming errors, bugs and mistakes as important and exciting steps to learning and discovery.
- Systematic thinking to break instructions, processes and systems down into small steps
- Adaptability and confidence to transfer and applying existing skills and knowledge to new situations and technologies.
Our intent for Computing:
At the Federation of St. Mary’s, we aim to deliver a relevant, engaging and high-quality computing curriculum. To be successful and active participants workforce in the future, all of our pupils to be digitally literate and able to use a range of information and communication technology.
We are also striving to embed computing and digital skills across the entire curriculum so that pupils have the opportunity to select the most appropriate and effective media and software to express themselves and communicate ideas and information.
The main strands to the Computing curriculum:
- Computer Science - in which children are given the opportunity to explore how applications and software are made through programming (coding) and how things actually work “under the bonnet” of our digital devices. They will develop their creativity, computational thinking and logic, to design digital solutions for the world around them.
- Information Technology - in which children will use applications and develop their word processing skills to present their ideas. They will work creatively, linking with many of the other subjects in the wider curriculum, using a wide range of apps to create, save and retrieve data, music, art, photography, animations and their written work (plus more!).
- Digital Literacy - in which children will become confident, creative, respectful, responsible online users. Children will develop online skills to safely explore, safely manage their own online image and their online relationships. They will also develop their understanding of the World Wide Web and the Internet it is built on. The children will also connect to many of the other curriculum subjects via their own research.
At St. Mary's, we follow the Kapow scheme of work for Computing. Our Computing curriculum aims to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop children's appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers to create, manage, organise and collaborate.
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