St Francis Catholic Primary School a Voluntary Academy

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Computing

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher's hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”  - David Warlick

INTENT

At St Francis Catholic Primary School we believe that Computing plays an important role in the education of all children. We aim to give each pupil the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to Computing, with the understanding of the capabilities and flexibility of their resources. With the knowledge that Computing will undoubtedly continue to form a major part in the children’s life at home, in further education and places of work, we ensure that Computing lessons at St Francis equip children with effective and transferable life skills.

IMPLEMENTATION

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How we teach computing is underpinned by our 12 principles of Computing Pedagogy laid out by the NCCE. This can be found here

IMPACT

Our learners enjoy the impact computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. They learn to find the right balance with technology for an effective education and a healthy life-style. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond.

The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work shows the impact of our curriculum. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes. We regularly look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through our digital portfolios on Google Classroom, Google Drive and observing learning. Pupil voice shows children talk confidently about their work and understand the importance of online safety.

The impact of the curriculum can be seen in pupils leaving St Francis:

  • Enthusiastic and confident towards Computing.
  • Competent and adaptable ‘Computational Thinkers’.
  • Able to identify the source of problems and work with perseverance to ‘debug’ them.
  • Create and evaluate their own work for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Secure and safe when using a broad range of digital technology.
  • Transition to secondary school with a keen interest in the continued learning of this subject.

EXAMPLES OF COMPUTING ACROSS SCHOOL

DIGITAL LEADERS AND INTERNET SAFETY

 Also check out our Digital Leader page here