"What a computer is to me, is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." - Steve Jobs
St Francis de Sales aims to provide an environment where technology is integrated into all aspects of school life. We will do this in a way which actively supports and promotes learning, helping all to make links to the wider world, whilst preparing everyone for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological environment. Our vision is to embrace any existing technology available to us and commit to continuously evolving with any advances made in new technology in the future so that pupils become digitally literate – able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. A high-quality computing education equips pupils with the capability to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, where pupils are taught the principles of information and computation; how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Additionally, all children are taught the importance of online safety throughout the year, so they are able to work safely and sensibly.
To maximise the impact and effectiveness of technology in improving pupils’ learning, we execute our vision through a creative, dynamic Computing programme that engages pupils and drives learning throughout all areas of our curriculum. We have worked in collaboration with Hi-Impact, leading experts in providing strategic and innovative IT support, education and media services to schools around the country. The computer science part of the curriculum is delivered by the experts from Hi-Impact, as are the enriching activities that are planned to not only deliver a fascinating part of technology within a cross-curricular setting, but also provide teachers with the expertise to use this new-found technology in their subsequent lessons. Teachers are provided with CPD so that they are able to access the variety of digital platforms in other parts of the curriculum. The Computing curriculum has been sequenced so that children are developing their skills and knowledge throughout their time in our school and are able to work independently using a range of digital platforms. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information technology.
In St. Francis de Sales, our Computing curriculum aims to allow pupils to:
- Enjoy using information technology and tackle all applications with confidence and a sense of achievement and purpose.
- Develop practical skills in the use of information technology and the ability to apply these skills to the solving of relevant and worthwhile problems
- Understand the capabilities and limitations of information technology and the implications and consequences of its use.
- Be open minded in their approach to information technology so that they will be able to adapt easily to the information technology systems and approaches they will encounter in their future lives.
- Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problem
- Use information technology as a tool appropriately across the curriculum to support and enrich their learning.
Our children will show their progress through their independent work, through their expertise in using a range of technology and using their knowledge organiser and investigators. All children are able to access the curriculum and we strive to allow all those capable of reaching the expected standard do so. Children will use the knowledge that they have gained from previous years to progress even further and this will be evidenced in their knowledge, understanding and work produced throughout Years 3 to 6. At the end of Year 6, our children will leave the school ready for high school with a myriad of computing knowledge and capabilities that will prepare them enormously for their future