All pupils at St John’s have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world.
A high quality computing education equips pupils 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 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 their ideas, through information and communication technology - at a level suitable for the next stage of their education and as active participants in a digital world.
Here at St John's, the children are introduced to working with computers and tablets in Reception. Computing is taught as a separate subject throughout the school as well as being actively integrated into other subjects. We have a number of networked mobile laptop trolleys throughout the school and every child has access to a tablet. All of our systems are strictly controlled and monitored and we help children to understand the potential dangers of the wider connected world - esafety is an important part of the computing curriculum. We also hold regular esafety awareness evenings for parents to encourage the monitoring of responsible internet use for children.