Computer Science

Computer Science Curriculum Map 2018-19

 

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.

 

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The national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.  This represents continuity and change, challenge and opportunity. It gives us the chance to review and enhance current approaches in order to provide an even more exciting and rigorous curriculum that addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world in which we live. 

Through the new programme of study for computing, our pupils learn how computers and computer systems work, they are given opportunities to design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. 

At St Joseph’s Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Our pupils studying computing gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines. 

It allows us to solve problems, design systems, and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and one that our pupils are aware of and develop competence in. St Joseph’s pupils think computationally and are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world once they leave us. 

Computing is a practical subject, in which invention and resourcefulness are encouraged. The ideas of computing are applied to understanding real-world systems and creating purposeful products such as designing and creating mobile device apps in Year 6. This combination of principles, practice and invention makes computing an extraordinarily useful and intensely creative subject, suffused with excitement, both visceral (‘it works!’) and intellectual (‘that is so beautiful’). 

Computing draws together the strands of computer science, information technology and digital literacy, and seeks to equip our children with computational thinking skills and the creativity they need to understand and change the world. Through effective planning our pupils learn the fundamental principles and processes of computation; they gain repeated, practical experience of writing code to solve problems and to model systems; they also become skilled at creating high quality products and content using digital technology; and they become safe, responsible and critical users of technology. 

Computing is an enjoyable and empowering subject for both our pupils to learn and our teachers to teach. All pupils have access to a Chromebook where they can develop and utilise the endless capabilities of technology through the World Wide Web and Google Chrome Drive with its abundance of applications. Each class also has access to a class based computer with wireless peripherals that allow immediate access to computerised technology to enhance and facilitate their learning. 

At St Joseph’s, we encourage pupils to always have safety at the forefront of their minds when using computers on line.  To view resources and games, please look at our E-Safety page.