Computing is a vital part of modern life and at St Francis Xavier we aim for the children to be confident users of computers and the internet. Computing, in particular the problem solving aspect of it, enables children to show resilience and develop a questioning nature that challenges them. We wish to provide an engaging and ambitious curriculum with computing being a key component of this. Following a sequence of lessons, we aim for children to build their knowledge and embed it in their long-term memories.
We recognise many children use technology outside of school and aim to provide a focus on using the internet responsibly and being a good citizen. We recognise the cross curricular links with computing and wish to intertwine the teaching of computing throughout other subjects.
Through computing, we aim to give children new experiences that will get them ready for the future. By the time children leave St Francis Xavier, we aim for them to be ready to enter and be active participants of a digital world and ready for the future workplace.
The main way the skills of computing will be taught at St Francis Xavier will be through cross curricular lessons. Where possible, children will be encouraged to use computers or tablets to research in lessons and further use them to present their work (building up to PowerPoints by Year 6). Laptops and ipads are provided within school to help achieve these aims. During each topic, teachers will look for at least one way to connect Computing to their topic. Where aspects of the computing curriculum are unable to fit neatly into topics, discreet lessons will be taught in order to cover all aspects of the curriculum. As a school we subscribe to iCompute in order to help provide materials to teach these objectives.
The key skills taught within computing such as logical reasoning and problem solving are skills that will be encourage across the curriculum. A key part of computing to our students is the need to use internet safely and this will be encouraged across the year. During anti-bullying week in November , cyberbullying will be looked, with staying safe online being promoted on Internet Safety day in February. Where issues of internet safety arise from students, then teachers will respond by providing the children with the correct information they require.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
Through the teaching of computing at St Francis Xavier we aim for children to develop a sound understanding of computing and the internet. The skills learnt from computing will allow children to be confident in problem solving, which is a key life skill. Beyond this, an enquiring mind that comes with computing will allow the children to try new things and be curious in line with our ‘This is Me’ statements. With the correct knowledge of internet safety children will be able to use the internet outside school in a safe way. Finally, we wish for children to leave St Francis Xavier ready to be active participants in the digital world.