At St John's, our computing curriculum will provide children with the skills to become digital literate learners with the ability to choose software independently to complete a task and to question why a choice has been made. With children growing up in an increasingly immersive and media rich world, our exciting curriculum will have opportunities to explore new technologies in a safe and engaging way, such as, an experience designing augmented and virtual realities, web design, green screening, and animation.
It will help them to develop values like character by being digital leaders and it will increase their sense of identity by understanding they will leave a digital footprint from their actions. The children will show excellence by learning a range skills for careers that are not even around yet. Paired programming will allow teamwork and increase awareness that we work better together. Computational thinking will aid their journey to become self-regulated learners by solving problems logically and breaking processes down into smaller chunks.
Our curriculum will help nurture computational thinking; problem-solving, logic and creativity. They will develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. The curriculum is inclusive, captivating and the children will overcome barriers to achieve their potential. It has been designed to gradually progress key skills to ensure all pupils to know how to utilise technology throughout subjects and challenges they face. It will inspire them to become responsible, competent, confident, and creative users of technology. It will allow children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, thus creating a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path choice.
In Reception, Computing is taught through continuous provision and exploration. Across the rest of the school, the timetabling of Computing is one hour per week. Each year group complete 2 units across every term, consisting of 6 lessons per unit. This allows for skills to progress within and across year groups and ensures breadth and depth of secure knowledge. Classes are allocated an hour slot in the ICT Suite and also have allocated time slots with an iPad. Additional time with technology is also available if required.
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