The computing curriculum at St James has been tailored to focus and build upon the three core aspects of Computing; Digital Literacy, Computer Science, and Information Technology and follows the DofE funded Teach Computing (https://teachcomputing.org). Teach Computing provides a rich, progressive framework of computing skills and knowledge, which includes relevant digital and learning resources. This approach ensures each pupil is to make the necessary connections within their learning as they progress through the Computing Curriculum. We use this framework to create a scheme of work for each year group building upon the skills learned in previous years.
Our Computing Lessons are taught weekly. Children are introduced to a wide range of technology including Beebots, Probots, iPads, Chromebooks, micro:bits, VR headsets, and interactive whiteboards which allow them to continually improve and develop their ideas and skills. The sequence of learning develops pupils’ understanding of how digital technology and other computational systems are designed, programmed and operated. As pupils progress through the school and build upon their computational thinking skills, they feel confident in drawing upon familiar and unfamiliar technology and software.
E-Safety in Computing
From EYFS through to KS2 the pupils of St James are taught how to use digital technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. Children are regularly taught what to do if something makes them feel uncomfortable whilst using technology and learn the importance of keeping personal information private. Our children are able to recognise the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour online and how to approach this. The children know where they can go to for help and support when they have concerns about content. As they progress through the school, our pupils are able to explore and recognise a range of ways to disclose their concerns about content and uncomfortable experiences when accessing the digital world through their devices.