At St. Anne’s we aim to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares pupils to ‘use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world’. (National Curriculum Doc)
There are three aspects of the computing curriculum: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).
The core of 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. 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 and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future work place and as active participants in a digital world. (Computing in the National Curriculum – Naace)
The new computing curriculum has e-Safety as an explicit strand of work at all Key Stages and in delivering this, St. Anne’s will provide:
“A progressive curriculum that is flexible, relevant and engages pupils’ interest; that is used to promote e-Safety through teaching pupils how to stay safe, how to protect themselves from harm and how to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety.”
The e-Safety strand is to be taught across the whole year, incorporated into all our work. The pupils will recognise the importance of this area of computing, with special e-Safety days each year. The children can see the importance of this area of learning, by the displays in every classroom and the corridors, each identifiable by the same warning sign. For more information on e-safety, please visit our e-safety page.
Our Computing Facilities
St Anne’s is very fortunate to have a wealth of i-pads for children to use when developing their computing skills, as well as lap-tops for use across the whole school. We have programmable toys for each key stage and access to hundreds of programs and apps across the internet, that help us to provide a creative, fun, engaging curriculum for all our pupils. Continued subscriptions to My Maths, Maths Watch Primary and Education city allow our children to enjoy and learn from online Maths and English homework tasks.
There are many opportunities for enrichment in computing at St. Anne’s. This does not need to be limited to talented or gifted pupils. Within this curriculum area, there is a range of possibilities for independent learning. Our school will steer very able pupils towards the best resources, provide critical feedback on their work, or set further challenges. Some of our gifted pupils can become ‘digital leaders’ where they take responsibility for aspects of technology in the classroom or school. You can visit our digital leaders page for more information.
We are grateful to our link Governor, Mr Brian Farrimond who continues to regularly dedicate his time to school, working in collaboration with us to raise standards and attainment across the school in computing. For any further information on computing at St. Anne’s please feel free to ask.
Computing Subject Leader