Our Vision Statement - Computing
Technology is changing the lives of everyone. At Our Lady & St Patrick's Catholic Primary School we believe that, through teaching computing, we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
As they journey through our school, children become increasingly digitally literate, developing skills and understanding in computing that prepare them for the future workplace, as active participants in a digital world.
Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners. We want our children to have every opportunity available to achieve this, by equipping them with the skills to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information in the world around them. We also provide opportunities for children to develop the skills necessary to be able to use information in an effective way, to support their learning, development and skills in all other areas of the curriculum.
“A high quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through computational thinking. It develops and requires logical thinking and precision. It combines creativity with rigour: pupils apply underlying principles to understand real-world systems, and to create purposeful and usable artefacts,”
Computing Curriculum, Programmes of Study, 2014
Computing is an integral part of the national curriculum and being digitally literate is a key skill for everyday life. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information.
At Our Lady & St Patrick's Catholic Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively. Our Computing curriculum is resourced, with banks of new i-pads & laptops.
Aims of Computing
At Our Lady & St Patrick's catholic Primary School, we aim to enable all children to
Teaching & Learning
We develop pupil’s skills, knowledge, understanding and capability through taught IT lessons, and by providing opportunities for pupils to apply and consolidate their IT capability across all curriculum contexts.
All children in Key Stage 1 & 2 have weekly computing lessons, following the Rising Stars Scheme of Work.
In Key Stage 1, one of the ways we are teach the pupils about the language and concepts associated with computer programming through the use of simple programmable robots, such as Bee-Bots.
In Key Stage 2, we are developing a widespread use of a computer program called Scratch; this program enables pupils to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in computer programming. It is a programming language where children can create interactive programs such as stories, games, interactive quizzes and animation. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.
We recognise that all classes have children with widely differing abilities. This is especially true when some children have access to digital technologies at home, while others do not. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways, by;
For more information about how we teach computing at Our Lady & St Patrick's, please see the Skills Progression document for Computing, and the Yearly Progression Frameworks for Computing, at the top of this page.
As part of our safeguarding children procedures, we have a strict filtering system on our school network , which blocks out any illegal or inappropriate content.
In addition to this, children are taught how to keep themselves and other people safe on the internet. We want them to be responsible digital citizens both inside and outside school so we work hard to ensure pupils and parents are made aware of important e-safety procedures.
General Health & Safety principles and procedures also apply to teaching and learning of computing at Our Lady & St Patrick's Primary School. Our electrical equipment is maintained well and checked on a regular basis to ensure the safety of our school community.
We have published lots more advice and information on Online Safety on our pages for Parents and Children, please access this using the links below