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 pupils must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
At the Convent of Jesus and Mary Infant School & Nursery aspects of computational thinking are taught throughout the curriculum and can be applied to problem solving in mathematics, science and design technology.
At the core of the programme of study for computing is Computer Science in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Pupils are taught how to create simple programs and a range of content to express their understanding and to enhance the learning of others.
Pupils learn how to be digitally literate, they learn to communicate and collaborate effectively using web tools and to search and interrogate information.
Year 2 also study a significant individual who has made an impact in the development of computing.
At the heart of our curriculum is the importance of online safety. At our school, we deliver a rigorous online safety programme from Reception to Year 2.
Computing is embedded in teaching and learning across the school and supports our home-school partnerships through the LGfL programmes which are accessible anywhere.
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.
In Key Stage 1 through effective planning our pupils learn the fundamental principles and processes of computation.
These skills will be taught through exciting half termly units following the 3BM syllabus, which provide detailed lesson plans with the links to the web or programming tools that enable the teacher to implement ambitious aspects of the curriculum such as programming , debugging and digital presentations.
In addition to the 3BM syllabus pupils will also use the World Wide Web and Google Chrome Drive with its range of applications.
Each class also has access to a class based computer, iPad and laptops to facilitate their learning.
The impact of the 3BM computing and IT strands; digital literacy, computer science, Information Technology is carried out in the following ways
Pupil voice (self-regulation / internet use/ e-safety)