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 develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At St Jérôme School, our children benefit from the latest technology to support teaching and learning. Staff use technology and digital learning materials to support learning and teaching in all areas of the curriculum in both English and French and mobile technology is used to capture and share learning. We use Apple Technology as we believe it is the most inclusive and creative system for teaching and learning in the primary years. Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard, high quality audio-visual and children have access to Macbooks and ipads. A key priority is to ensure that children can use technology effectively, responsibly and safely.
St Jérôme School teaches children the content of the National Curriculum for England.
Children in Key Stage 1 are taught to:
- understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies